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What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

August 8th, 2012


Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child's development.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

If you're wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite - when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite - when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite - when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don't line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child's age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
• Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, they could be signs that there is a risk of orthodontic or health problems. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile going forward!

Who else is getting braces?

October 15th, 2010

Did you know that back in 2002, Tom Cruise had braces? During this time, he was 40 years old and filmed Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember and the Last Samurai.

Just check out his smile in Jerry Maguire, Rain Man or The Firm and compare to the post-braces Tom Cruise in Valkyrie or Tropic Thunder. The fact is, movie stars need to look their best for the silver screen, and it wouldn't be possible without orthodontists like Dr. Keith Hilliard and Dr. Andy Dietrich.

In fact, lots of Hollywood stars have had orthodontic treatment. Check out this slideshow of famous faces with braces. If you’ve thought about getting the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, please give Hilliard Orthodontics a call at 863-644-0430.

Have a great weekend all!

An Experienced Team Makes A Difference!

April 5th, 2008

Did you know that Dr. Hilliard has one of the most experienced orthodontic teams in the country? Each one was individually selected from many applicants to work in his office because of their unique talents and abilities. Dr. Hilliard believes that a well-rounded team should be carefully chosen and his team definitely reflects the quality of care that is the hallmark of his practice.

Frequent Continuing Education Courses are provided for the staff to help assure that the latest orthodontic research is incorporated into the treatment provided to his patients. In addition to being very knowledgeable and skilled, they are a really nice group to get to know!

Your First Visit to Our Lakeland, FL Invisalign Orthodontist

February 29th, 2008

Your First Visit

From the minute you call us, you'll notice a difference!

Your First VisitOur friendly and knowledgable administrative staff members pride themselves on guiding our patients through the new patient process with ease. They will explain each step of the process and schedule a new patient exam at a convenient time for you. Our team's sole responsibility is to assist you with whatever appointment, payment or insurance needs you may have.

At your first visit, Dr. Hilliard and his Treatment Coordinator will complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination. If orthodontic treatment is recommended, some or all of your diagnostic records will be taken. In addition to your medical/dental history, and clinical examination, diagnostic records include photos of the patient's face and teeth and two different types of x-rays. This information is used by Dr. Hilliard to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.

In most cases Dr. Hilliard will be able to discuss his recommendations with you at the initial visit, as well as the costs involved. In some instances, you may need to return for an additional consultation visit after the doctor has further evaluated the records.

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