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How do I know if my child needs metal braces?

You will know if your child needs metal braces by looking for crooked teeth, crowding, and spacing problems. If your child's teeth do not align properly, your child may benefit from metal braces. Talk to your child's dentist when your child is around 7, which is about the time permanent teeth should be in. The dentist may refer you to an orthodontist, a dentist who treats crooked teeth and jaw problems.
Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

The best way to know if you need braces is to have a consultation with an orthodontic specialist (an orthodontist). During your initial exam he will examine your face, teeth, supporting structures, and jaw. He will then use all of the findings to explain what is good and what could be improved. He will also explain treatment options like metal braces, clear braces, inside braces, and aligners. Most orthodontists do not charge for this initial evaluation, so call today!

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