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7 and up

February 16th, 2021

Did you know that in addition to getting her Doctorate in Dental Medicine, Dr. Hughes attained a Masters in Education? Her love of teaching and educating her patients is important and that is why we are starting a new awareness campaign called 7 and up. Lakewood Park Orthodontics is committed to the overall health and wellness of your children and we feel that this information is vital. According the American Association of Orthodontists, children should start seeing an orthodontist for evaluations no later than age seven.

While this may sound young, some children can significantly benefit from early intervention with orthodontic treatment.  Dr. Hughes can detect subtle problems early on to determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment. This ensures in some cases less time in braces as a teen, possible prevention of surgery or extraction of permanent teeth and developing the best smile possible. You can rest assured that Dr. Hughes is known to be conservative in treatment and would only treat your child with early orthodontic care if necessary so as to prevent serious bite problems that can affect jaw growth and tooth development.

Here are the main eight problems that Dr. Hughes will evaluate for to determine if early treatment is needed. This list is supported by the American Association of Orthodontists:

  • Crossbite of the front teeth: can lead to gum recession and enamel loss
  • Crossbite of the back teeth: Can lead to asymmetric jaw growth and significant wear of teeth
  • Severe crowding: Can lead to early loss of a baby teeth or significant challenges in proper brushing. In some cases early care can eliminate the need to extract adult teeth as a teen
  • Open bite: Often due to finger habits (thumb sucking or tongue habits) can lead to improper jaw growth, tooth development, speech issues and chewing difficulties.
  • Protruding front teeth: Can increase the risk of trauma, tooth loss and fractured front teeth
  • Ectopic Eruption: This is the improper eruption of a permanent tooth which can lead to impactions (requiring surgery) or early loss of baby teeth causing a more challenging and lengthy time in braces as a teen
  • Underbite: A very difficult bite to correct but critical that it is treated around age 7 as this is the time the child is most amenable to growth modification. Believe it or not, by age 10, it is already too late in many cases to successfully treat!
  • Spacing: In some cases, significant spacing can be due to extra or missing teeth. This subtle problem can often only be detected by an orthodontic evaluation and a panoramic x-ray

Getting an evaluation starting at age seven can help Dr. Hughes nurture your child’s best smile as well as help improve things like self-esteem and overall dental health. So remember, 7 and up is when we would like to evaluate your child to give them their best and healthiest smile that lasts a lifetime!


Fun Fact

February 2nd, 2021

Gold was the metal of choice for braces circa 1900.
Gold is malleable, so it was easy to shape it into an orthodontic appliance. Because gold is malleable, it stretches easily. Consequently, patients had to see their orthodontist frequently for adjustments that kept treatment on track.

January News

January 15th, 2021

January has been a busy and fun month for us! We were sad to see all the Christmas decorations come down in the office, but never fear.... Valentine's Day is near and so up went the new decorations! Looks festive as always now. We also spent our Saturday at the office in our cozy PJs and asked our patients to wear PJs with us to their appointment that day. Was a great success! Patience's one year work anniversary was on the 12th so of course we celebrated her and all the wonderful work she does in the office. Time flies when you're having fun!

New Office Location

May 23rd, 2020

New Office Location Coming Soon! This is not how I envisioned breaking the big news of our office re-location, but never-the-less I am excited to share the news! We will be moving into a beautiful and bigger office in the coming weeks. An exact date is not known yet as construction completion has been slow due to COVID-19 as you can imagine. The new space is only a 20 second drive south of our current location so essentially the same great location! The fabulous news is that it is bigger with more space to “space -out” in which is critical in our new “normal” lifestyle thanks to COVID-19, it is on the first floor so easy and quick access to the office for your convenience and of course it will be state-of-the-art so that we can provide you with the very best orthodontic care that you have come to expect at our office. I will keep you all updated on progress and timing for our move and expect that it will have minimal inconvenience to all of our wonderful patients.