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What’s Involved in an Orthodontic Screening? Princeton, NJ
Orthodontic Screenings Princeton NJ

Family dentists, pedodontists (children’s dental specialists), and orthodontists all recommend that children have their first orthodontic screening by age 7. But these screenings commonly occur as your child grows and their mouth matures. Today, adults can also benefit from orthodontic screenings due to the way their tooth alignment affects TMJ health, gum disease, and enamel wear.

If you’ve never had an orthodontic screening before, what should you expect?

Part of Your Exam or a Separate Visit

We can generally perform an orthodontic screening as part of your routine checkup and exam. It is simply part of your oral evaluation. But you can also schedule a screening independently of your regular visit to our office.

An X-ray

Tooth alignment is quite dependent upon your overall jaw and facial anatomy. A full-mouth panoramic X-ray, CT scan, or similar image will be necessary to fully assess your entire mouth. These images are especially important in young patients whose teeth are not fully developed or have yet to erupt into their mouth.


If it’s determined that you or your child needs braces, we’ll probably also take a series of photographs and impressions. These additional records assist in planning a holistic treatment plan, being that orthodontic therapy affects your overall facial structure.

Financial Review

The cost of braces can depend greatly on the complexity of your case, type of orthodontic system you select, and any insurance coverage you have. Our treatment coordinators can break down your benefits to determine what allowances are available for orthodontic treatment, if appropriate.

Once you have all of the information you need, you can decide whether you’re ready to move forward with treatment. But an orthodontic screening is always the first step! Call Prime Dental Care today for a professional assessment.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

(609) 688-8818

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