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Miami Orthodontic Specialists Offering Braces for Kids

Even if a child is starting to show signs that they are going to need braces at an early age; our experience, as well as national consensus, agree that a child’s first orthodontic check-up should take place around the age of seven. The fact is that most kids will not need orthodontic treatment at such an early age if any at all but it is an excellent idea to have a check-up with a Miami orthodontic specialist to find out if there are any areas of concern for your child’s teeth, jaw, bite, etc.

Soon after your child has moved from primary (“baby”) teeth, into adult teeth, he or she may start to show signs. There are several orthodontic issues that can and should be addressed at an early age such as:

  • Underbites, overbites, cross bites, narrow jaw formation, thumb sucking, over jetting of teeth, etc.
  • Some signs that your child may need orthodontic treatment would be problems with speech, misaligned jaw growth,
  • At Lakes Orthodontics, we are quite an experiencing in dealing and addressing the needs of kids in need of braces.

We encourage parents to visit us for a free consultation around the age of seven. It is around this age that gaps and misaligned become more obvious. This is because as kids lose their baby teeth there is often not enough space for larger permanent ones to take their space. It is also around this time when braces are the most effective.

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Why is an Orthodontist the right type of dentist to see for braces or Invisalign?

Orthodontist in Miami Shores, Fl.

Have you ever wondered what type of dentist you should see if you or you child needs braces or Invisalign? Millions of people around the world have issues with their teeth that require the assistance of a dental specialist known as an Orthodontist. The first thing that any patient or parent of a patient should consider when choosing a dental professional is to make sure that the doctor that they are considering specializes in handling their specific need.

General Dentist – vs – Orthodontist


General Dentist (Family dentist)

Your general dentist serves the same function as your general physician (Family doctor) in that they assist you with your overall oral health needs and check-ups. Some of the services that they are trained to provide are gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education. When an issue exists that requires specialized attention, your general dentist should always refer you to the appropriate dental specialist in the same way that your family doctor should send you to a medical doctor that specializes in your specific issues: cardiologist deals with heart issues; dermatologist with skin issues, etc. Your general dentist is not trained as an orthodontist and does not have the same level of education, expertise, experience, or specialized equipment to properly diagnose and treat your orthodontic needs.

Orthodontist:

An orthodontist is a dentist that has specialized training, education, and a degree in orthodontics. Orthodontists typically graduate in the top 5% of their dental class and then have to get specialized training for another 2 to 4 years in order to become an orthodontist. They are specialists with expertise in the areas of fixing bad bites (malocclusions), which commonly result from crowded, missing, or extra teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. This specialist is responsible for straightening teeth by moving them through bone by the use of bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances or retainers. This specialist treats children as well as adults who may wish to improve their appearance and bite.

Therefore, if you or your child need help in straightening or aligning their teeth then you need to see an Orthodontist.