National Orthodontic Health Month!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!


For most children, October means one thing: Halloween candy!  For orthodontists, it’s a month for embracing a beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month. The American Association of Orthodontist as well as the American Dental Association agree that a child should have an orthodontic consultation no later than age 7.

“A visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind, ” notes Dr. Park.  “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. Park is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization.  It represents more than 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.  The Association admits only orthodontists for membership.  It encourages and sponsors key research to enable members to provide patients with the highest quality of care, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment. 

If you have questions or concerns about your orthodontic health, contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation and see what we can do to help you! 


Q&A Monday w/ Dr. Park

Today's question is an important one that everyone in orthodontic treatment needs to know the answer to!

Q: "Do I still need to go to my General Dentist while I am in braces?

When we all work together as a team, we can make sure we are all on the same page and that you get the best results possible
— Dr. Susan Park, DDS
Dr. Park: "Yes!  It is even more important that you see your general dentist on a regular basis when you're in braces!  While braces are great, it does take some getting used to and requires you to figure out new ways of keeping your teeth clean and healthy.  Your dentist can ensure that you are doing everything correctly and help you along the way, whether that be with more frequent cleanings or catching a cavity before it gets too big.  Furthermore, it is always best to have your dentist in the loop because they can help plan the best outcome before, during, and after the braces come off.  When we all work together as a team, we can make sure we are all on the same page and that you get the best results possible. "
If you have any questions you would like to have Dr. Park answer, make sure to email them to us at  

Happy to Announce

Progress Ridge Orthodontics will now be having Q&A Mondays

Monday 6.16.17 we will be posting our very first Q&A Monday w/ Dr. Susan Park, DDS! We are very excited here to start this and allow Dr. Park to answer any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment.

If you have a question that you want Dr. Park to answer, then please email us at 

Keep an eye out for new post's, updates, and possibly even a few opportunities to win some cool prizes!!