*This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Center City Orthodontics* Orthodontics is no longer a specialty just creating perfect smiles and aligning teeth – it has advanced to creating a balance between facial structures, airways, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the teeth. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends kids have an orthodontist consultation by the age of 7. Of course, this doesn’t mean your child will need braces at 7! It’s just a check-up as permanent teeth take the place of baby teeth and the face and jaw grow to gives the orthodontist information so they can advise you on whether future treatment may be recommended for good oral health, a strong bite, and a beautiful smile. Center City Orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice providing customized, comprehensive orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages. The family practice’s goal is more than just helping people smile. They are active partners in our community, participating in programs like Smiles Change Lives, a non-profit connecting family who cannot afford treatment with complimentary work; Partners in Education, donating to schools of patients to help combat the education budget cuts; Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity; and supporting local schools and soccer teams. Their two locations – South Street in Center City Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ – offer weekend and late evening hours, a lifesaver for busy parents with packed schedules! All consultations are complimentary, and they offer flexible payment plans, zero percent financing, and accept a wide variety of insurances. The office is also recognized as a diamond Invisalign® provider, meaning they are a top choice for providing viable alternative to braces for certain cases. With the Invisalign method, you are given clear, removable plastic aligners that you can wear while you sleep. They utilize a digital scanner to take 3D images of your teeth and, from these, accurate custom-made aligners are fabricated. The team is led by Dr. Tejjy Thomas, a dual Ivy-league trained and certified orthodontic specialist. After a childhood exposed to various cultures and countries, his passion for continued learning and interest in orthodontics led him back to the University of Pennsylvania to do his post-doctoral training in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. He has been dedicated to creating beautiful smiles ever since. Learn more and call for a free consultation at centercityortho.com.