(SAINT LOUIS, MO APRIL 1ST 2015)— Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence, Saint Louis Missouri orthodontist Dr. Maz Moshiri says that orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or with the teeth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are present.

Parents may incorrectly assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth.  However, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child get check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

“I can't emphasize how important it is that parents understand the value of an orthodontic check- up,” says Dr. Maz Moshiri.  “By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate relationships developing between teeth, jaw and bite.  Orthodontists can determine what, if anything is awry.

“A visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind, too,” notes Dr. Maz Moshiri.  “Our recommendation may simply be ‘let's wait and see’ while the face and jaws continue to grow.”

Some of the more readily apparent conditions that indicate the need for an examination include:
Early or late loss of baby teeth
Difficulty in chewing or biting
Mouth breathing
Thumb sucking
Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
Jaws that shift or make sounds
Speech difficulties
Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
Facial imbalance
Jaws that are too far forward or back
Grinding or clenching of the teeth

Dr. Maz Moshiri notes that protrusive teeth can be prone to injury. For more information, visit Dr. Maz Moshiri’s website, www.smilesaintlouis.com, or call ((314) 427-2237).  Dr. Maz Moshiri has been an orthodontist for over 15 years, and has practiced in Saint Louis Missouri since 1998.

Dr. Maz Moshiri graduated from MICDS r. Maz then traveled to Emory University to receive his B.S. degree in Neurobehavioral Biology. He then went on to obtain his Doctorate, Masters in Oral Biology, and Certificate of Advanced Training in Orthodontics from the University of Louisville. He is a Clinical Assistant professor at Saint Louis University’s orthodontic residency program, with a focus on clinical oversight and lectures regarding Invisalign.

Dr. Maz Moshiri is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which has 17,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites).  They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.  Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.

Moshiri Orthodontics has provided quality orthodontic care to St. Louis for over 30 years. With dentofacial orthopedics (growth development), TMJ disorder therapy, cosmetic or traditional braces, and Invisalign expertise in St. Louis, our orthodontists strive "for a smile that lasts."

777 S. New Ballas Rd., Suite 116E
St. Louis, Missouri MO 63141
United States
Phone: (314) 427-2237
[email protected]