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Question:
Open Bite Persists: I am 24 Years of age and have been wearing braces for the past 3 years to correct my anterior open bite.

Although there is slight improvement, the contact still only exists between my molars. I do have a mouth beathing habit and I underwent ENT surgery (FESS) for my chronic sinusitis but my mouth breathing still persists.

I feel upon waking up in the morning that my teeth has been pushed forward. Will the braces I have prevent the teeth from shifting further? ....Visitor from NC

Answer:
You've been in braces for 3 years and you still have an anterior openbite.

I would have completed your treatment in about 16-22 months of treatment, but I would have incorporated a moving of your upper jaw up in the back surgically to correct the anterior openbite.

They are trying to correct your skeletal problem with orthodontics alone and they will never achieve their objectives.

You need to seek a consultation with a reputable oral and maxillo-facial surgeon in your area to give you an honest diagnosis and treatment plan.

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