When Should You See Your Orthodontist?

At Shine Orthodontics, Dr. McGrogan and our team believe in the power of a beautiful smile for everyone. Wondering if it’s time to visit us? Keep reading to find out when you should see your orthodontist and how we can help make your smile shine bright.

Reasons to Visit Us

From aches and pains to medical problems and early orthodontic evaluation, there are many reasons to come see us at Shine Orthodontics. Let’s look at a few reasons to see us: 

Your Smile Causes Discomforts

One of the first signs that you might need orthodontic treatment is feeling any discomfort in your mouth, teeth, or gums. While the occasional ache can happen for many reasons, persistent or repeating pains can show signs of orthodontic issues. 

Misaligned teeth or problems in your bite can cause uneven stress on your biting and chewing. As time passes, these stresses can become problems and cause serious discomfort. Our treatments are made to alleviate this pain and correct any issues causing them.

Smile With Confidence

Beyond just solving functional problems in your smile, orthodontic treatment can boost your self-esteem and confidence. Crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth may make you feel self-conscious and shy about showing off your smile. Treatment can transform your smile, bringing you something to show off proudly. 

Breathing Easier With Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic problems can go beyond just your smile. They can begin affecting your breathing during sleep. A narrow jaw or misaligned teeth can block your airway and lead to problems in your breathing. Treatments can improve your airway and solve sleep apnea and breathing issues.

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Evaluations

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This early assessment helps us discover any potential problems with your child’s smile. As your child grows, jaw growth and emerging teeth can face some troubles, so being able to catch them early can save you from costly treatments down the road. 

Ages For Orthodontic Visits

Catching orthodontic issues early can greatly improve your treatment, but that’s not to say treatment isn’t for all ages. At Shine Orthodontics, we believe anyone can benefit from an orthodontic evaluation

Adult Orthodontics: You may experience aches from your smile or may not be happy with how your smile looks. With advancements in technology, we’re able to offer more discreet and comfortable options to many adults. Whether you have unresolved issues from childhood or damage to your smile or want an improved and healthy smile, we have a treatment for you. 

Teen Orthodontics: For teenagers, orthodontic treatment can still be an option to correct issues and bring a great smile. If your child saw us when they were younger, this is normally the time we begin their second phase of treatment. Since most, if not all, of their adult teeth, have come in, we’ll begin making sure everything lines up correctly and they have a smile to be proud of.

If your child didn’t see us or an orthodontist when they were younger, don’t worry! Since your child or teen is still growing, treatment can still correct bite problems and align teeth just as effectively.

Child Orthodontics: As we discussed earlier, the AAO recommends your child have their first evaluation by at least age 7. During this time, your child is still growing, with their smile having a mix of permanent and baby teeth. This lets us spot any incoming issues and provide a treatment that allows your child’s smile to come in happy and healthy.

There are a couple of problems we’ll be looking for when we see your child. These can include:

  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Thumb sucking beyond the typical age


When Should You See Your Orthodontist? 

The Basics Of Orthodontics 

Orthodontics isn’t just about making your smile great. It’s also about improving your oral health and quality of life. But what does Dr. McGrogan do? We specialize in correcting problems with your teeth and jaws, with complications ranging from a tooth out of sync to a major underbite. There are a few main goals that Dr. McGrogan focuses on:

Enhancing Your Smile 

Properly aligned teeth not only help you chew and speak better but can also boost your confidence! Straight teeth can be easier to clean, meaning your smile can take on its clean and bright look with ease.

Avoiding Dental Complications

By correcting your smile problems, treatment closes the door to any potential problems in your future. These problems can range from individual tooth problems to issues like gum disease and tooth loss. 

Addressing Bite Issues

Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and crowding or spacing issues are all bite problems that need to be addressed. They can affect your chewing, speaking, and hygiene.

Dr. McGrogan’s role is to use his expertise to work with you or your child to address the problems that impact your smile. By using tools from braces to aligners, we’re experts in moving teeth to their right destination.

When Should You See Your Orthodontist?

See the Shine Orthodontics’ Difference

Every smile tells a story, and at Shine Orthodontics, we’re here to make yours a happy one. With Dr. McGrogan’s expertise and our team’s support, we’re dedicated to guiding you through your orthodontic journey. Whether you’re curious about starting treatment or ready to take the next step, we’re here to answer your questions and welcome you into our family. Give us a call or schedule your free consultation today.