Schedule An Appointment With Your Local Tacoma Orthodontist

Orthodontic care is one of the best decisions you can make in life. Treating yourself or your child to healthy, straight teeth brings an increase in self-confidence with the added bonus of a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Douglas Knight is an experienced orthodontist in Tacoma, WA, and treats patients of all ages. Our office has successfully helped people from all walks of life reach their dental goals. Schedule an appointment today if you have any concerns about the alignment of your teeth or the function of your bite. 

If you've been thinking about orthodontic treatment for yourself or someone you care about, you may be wondering: When is the right time to see an orthodontist? It's an excellent question, and there are several ways to answer it.

The most basic one is this: You should see an orthodontist any time you have a question about the alignment of your teeth, or the quality of your bite. Sometimes, a problem in this area is painfully obvious. For example, you may have difficulty biting, chewing or speaking, or some of your teeth may be clearly protruding, crowded or misplaced. If that's the case, then it's time to consult with our office — an orthodontist has the special skills and training needed to diagnose and treat the problem.

The magic of orthodontics video

Other conditions may not be as clear cut. Mouth breathing, clenching or grinding your teeth, and the inability to comfortably close your lips may be signs that orthodontic treatment is needed. Likewise, if your jaws seem to frequently shift in position or make sounds as they move, or if you find you're unintentionally biting your cheek or the roof of your mouth, you may have an orthodontic issue.

Teeth that meet abnormally can even cause a facial imbalance (asymmetry), meaning that some facial features aren't in proportion with others. This is a problem that can often be corrected by orthodontic treatment.

Early Diagnosis For Children

 Orthodontic Problems.

At Douglas Knight Orthodontics, we adhere to the recommendations from the American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO) that suggest children see an orthodontist at age seven, which is a prime time to begin treatment and correct any problems. By this age, most children have a strong set of permanent teeth, and Dr. Knight can ensure there is adequate room in the mouth, while also allowing for natural growth processes as the child ages. If your children have any of the following problems, please consider bringing them into our office for a consultation with Dr. Knight:

Difficulty chewing 
Thumb or finger sucking
Jaws that stick or pop regularly
Open-mouth breathing
Overlapping teeth
Crowding of the erupting permanent teeth
Developing underbite or overbite

The team at Douglas Knight Orthodontics has vast experience treating children and adolescents. We know that most orthodontic problems are much easier to correct if you begin treatment at an early age, before the jaw bones have fully developed and set. Dr. Knight may not begin treatment on certain children until they are 9–14 years of age, but he will closely monitor their growth to determine the best time. 

Orthodontics For Adults

 Orthodontic Appliance Options.

You know when your child should come in for an orthodontic exam. Now, how about you? Do you cover your mouth with your hand when you smile? Are you self-conscious around strangers because your smile isn't as perfect as you want it to be? If so then the best time to see an orthodontist might be — right now!

Maybe you think orthodontics is just for kids. If so, then it's time to think again! In fact, according to the AAO, around one in five orthodontic patients today is an adult. Why are more adults getting orthodontic treatment? There are plenty of reasons.

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age — and in older patients, compliance isn't usually an issue. Plus, with the growing availability of clear aligners, translucent ceramic brackets, and lingual braces, it's getting harder to tell whether or not you're wearing orthodontic appliances. So if you worry that metal braces might clash with your professional image, be sure to ask about less-visible alternatives (Watch Adult Orthodontics Video).

Of course, it isn't just about looks. Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain, and less subject to abnormal wear. A better bite keeps you from having trouble eating and speaking, and helps your teeth stay healthy — and healthy teeth can last a lifetime. So why delay getting orthodontic treatment?

Contact Us Today!

 If you are looking for metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign, look no further than Douglas Knight Orthodontics. Schedule your initial examination today by contacting our office at (253) 627-5550. One of our helpful, friendly office staff members will assist you in any way they can. We look forward to seeing your smile in our office soon!

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