When is the Best Time to Consult an Orthodontist

Most orthodontics issues are not addressed until all the permanent teeth are in. However early and routine observation allows Dr. Stoner to determine the developmental pattern that is unique to this patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some signs that my child may need orthodontic treatment?

  • Teeth that overlap
  • Painful jaws
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Poor fitting bit

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment requires a long-term commitment. Most cases run between a year and a half to three years. The exact duration depends on the specific needs of the patient. For example, a child with braces may undergo treatment for two or three years, but wear a retainer to maintain treatment results for a lifetime.