Here at Miracle Smile, our orthodontics is handled by Dr. Agustin Drubi. Dr. Drubi was trained in orthodontics at Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center. At Children’s National Medical Center, Dr. Drubi served as chief orthodontic resident and a member of the craniofacial team.
Dr. Drubi has extensive knowledge working with oral and maxillofacial patients. He works with self-ligating braces, TAD’s, and aesthetic treatment options like Invisalign and lingual braces.
While it’s important for children to receive regular dental exams as early as a year of age, children should get an orthodontic exam by the age of 7. When baby teeth are falling out and adult teeth are starting to grow in, the jaw grows and changes, so it’s important to get a check-up to make sure that everything is growing in correctly.
At any age, you may wish to consult with an orthodontist if you see certain signs of orthodontic difficulty:
- * Losing baby teeth early or late
- * Having difficulty biting or chewing
- * Breathing through the mouth
- * Thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, chewing on pens or pencils, etc.
- * Crowded teeth, or teeth that can’t come through correctly
- * Jaws that make sounds or aren’t positioned correctly
- * Speech difficulty
- * Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- * Protruding teeth
- * Teeth that have large gaps between them
- * Grinding or clenching of teeth
While many people look at orthodontic treatment as an issue of aesthetics, orthodontic care is part of a comprehensive dental care plan. Teeth that are misaligned are subject to more intensive wear and may be more likely to suffer from tooth decay or even tooth loss. A properly aligned jaw and mouth is more than appearance; it affects the ability to speak, to eat, and to properly care for your teeth in the future