When to See an Orthodontist

Posted on 05/08/2019

At Sudbury Orthodontics, we’re proud to be the premier choice for orthodontic treatment in and around Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Espanola, ON. We are able to accommodate our patients with a variety of treatment options, including braces and Invisalign. However, we understand it can be difficult to understand when it’s time to for you or your child to see an orthodontist for the first time.

Early Treatment from Your Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Espanola, ON Orthodontist

Children should see an orthodontist for the first time around the age of seven in order to check for early signs of issues. This is because by the age of six or seven, some of a child’s permanent teeth have grown in, typically including their aptly-named “six year molars.” These teeth help your child's orthodontist predict how your child’s bite should develop over the next few years. When potential problems can be identified earlier on, it generally leads to easier treatments to remedy the issue.

Although early treatment is not always necessary, some typical forms of early orthodontic treatment include palatal expanders, braces for the front teeth, and retainers — as well as evaluation for full braces later on.

Signs to Look For

There are also some signs to be on the lookout for that can be an indication that orthodontic treatment may be necessary. You should consult your local dentist or orthodontist if you notice any of the following:

  • Difficulty speaking, biting, or chewing
  • Protruding or crowded teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Inability to comfortably close the mouth/lips
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Misaligned bite

These are just a few of the symptoms to be on the lookout for. Not all symptoms are obvious and clear-cut, so if you have any questions you should speak to your family dentist or reach out to your Sudbury orthodontist.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Espanola, ON Braces and Invisalign Provider

If you believe you or your child may require orthodontic treatment, it’s time to reach out to your trusted Sudbury orthodontist. At Sudbury Orthodontics, we provide a number of orthodontic treatment options, including braces and Invisalign. We also have three convenient office locations in Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Espanola, ON, meaning quality orthodontic treatment is always within reach. Please contact us today if you have any questions or if you are ready to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier, more confident smile soon!

Sudbury Location

250 Notre Dame Avenure


ON P3C 5K5

Phone: 705-671-6261

Parry Sound Location

5 Bowes St.

Parry Sound,

ON P2A 2K7

Phone: 705-746-9311

Espanola Location

91 Tudhope Street


ON P5E 1S6

Phone: 705-869-0880