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Lincroft, NJ—Aesthetic dental issues such as overcrowded and crooked teeth can be difficult to manage and can greatly affect self-confidence. These conditions can become harder to repair as age progresses, which is why visiting an orthodontist early on is essential to sustain a healthy smile. Dr. Patrick Cuozzo, a board-certified orthodontist in New Jersey, says malocclusions should be treated at a young age before the teeth stop growing. He and his team at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists take the necessary steps to prevent common orthodontic issues from occurring in the future.

At his New Jersey orthodontics practice, Dr. Cuozzo focuses specifically on the correction of teeth and the development of jaw bones. He says through effective diagnostic and preventative treatment, he can correct dental and facial irregularities that may be more difficult to treat as a patient gets older:

“The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an evaluation as early as the age of seven. Our average patient age is somewhere around 10 to 11. What the AAO is looking for at a young age are malocclusions that can be intervened and corrected. Some of our patients can benefit from what we call an ‘early intervention phase.’ We like to see patients at seven or eight years old, just to see whether or not they are within that phase.”

Dr. Cuozzo says that almost 90 percent of his young patients are on “recall,” meaning they will come in for a check-up to make sure everything looks fine, and if the teeth are coming in the way they are supposed to, Dr. Cuozzo will have the patient return at a later time. For patients who have more critical issues, Dr. Cuozzo says patients may need dental facial orthopedics or dental braces. “If patients get to the age where they are 16 or 17 years old and their teeth have completed their growth, we can no longer fix the overbite, but we can perform other treatments. Some of these treatments include orthognathic jaw surgical procedures to correct and realign the jaw bones.”

Having been recognized as one of the top dentists in New Jersey, Dr. Cuozzo uses his extensive knowledge and expertise to help give patients the best results possible. “This is a very moldable time in people’s lives and we have a chance to make a positive impact on them,” he says. Whether patients opt for traditional braces or Invisalign®, Dr. Cuozzo says visiting a board-certified orthodontist before undergoing any orthodontic treatment is fundamental to the success of any treatment. He adds that he and his staff are empathetic to what patients are going through and can help them understand that the eventual results will pay off once their treatment is complete.

About Patrick T. Cuozzo, DDS, PA

Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Patrick Cuozzo is a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School. He obtained his Certificate of Specialty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he currently serves on the orthodontics faculty as a clinical instructor. Dr. Cuozzo has been featured several times in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists and was named one of New Jersey’s Top Orthodontic Specialists. He is a member of the American Dental Association and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists has two locations at 4 Swimming River Road in Lincroft, NJ, reachable at (732) 747-3466, and 548 Washington Blvd in Sea Girt, NJ, reachable at (732) 449-5444. Dr. Cuozzo and his team can also be contacted online via the website or