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Orthodontic Problems to Watch for in Children

The American Association of Orthodontists  and Dr. Brian Lee of Braces and Smiles (Forest Hills, Queens) recommend all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

Here’s Why:

  • Orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present
  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect
  • A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine.  Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommends monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child.  In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment
  • Early treatment may prevent or intercept more problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.  In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
  • Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
    • Guide jaw growth
    • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
    • Correct harmful oral habits
    • Improve apprearance
    • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
    • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
  • Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up.

Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.  Call 718-268-3666 or email to schedule your free orthodontic consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Brian Lee, Forest Hills Top Orthodontist.

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In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • speech difficulties
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • biting the cheeck or the roof of the mouth
  • mouth breathing
  • facial imbalance
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.  Call 718-268-3666, email, or visit to schedule your free orthodontic consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Brian Lee, Forest Hills Top Orthodontist for Invisalign and Braces

Treatment Options

  • Phase I / interceptive / mixed-dentition treatment – comprehensive orthodontic treatment for patients who still have deciduous (baby) teeth
  • Monitoring / Observation – these patients need careful monitoring of erupting teeth
  • Habit appliance – patient who have tongue thrust or finger/thumb sucking habits

Forest Hills, Queens, NY – Top Orthodontic Specialist – Orthodontist. Expert in Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Braces for Children and Adults. Friendly Staff and Orthodontist (Dr. Brian Lee) , State of the Art Technology, Amazing Smiles Guaranteed. Free Consultation. Close to Forest Hills Subway Station. After school and Weekend hours available. Best orthodontist for Invisalign and Braces in Queens, NY serving Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Flushing, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, Corona, Elmhurst, Woodhaven, Jamaica, SouthRichmond Hill, Ozone Park, Fresh Meadows, Ridgewood, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, East Elmhurst.

Call 718-268-3666 to schedule an appointment. 71-06 110th St Suite 1G Forest Hills, NY 11375. Http://

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