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Adult Orthodontics Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
Correcting a Class III malocclusion: I was diagnosed with a class III malocclusion.

I went to an orthodontist who suggested advancing my upper jaw and pushing back my lower jaw. I already have a convex profile with a receding chin. Moreover my upper jaw is not sunken in but appears more convex than concave.

My concern is that pushing my upper jaw forward would make my profile more convex. When is the upper jaw perceived as receded? Will the path suggested by the orthodontist give me a straight profile?

I am aware that x-rays and photographs are needed to answer this exactly, but my main concern is why did the orthodontist conclude my upper jaw as small when in the mirror it appears convex.

My upper front teeth stick out ....Visitor from British Columbia Canada

As you mentioned, it is difficult to say without xrays, photos, and clinical examination.

However, from what you are describing the most favorable outcome for enhanced esthetics and function may be surgery and orthodontics.

Your orthodontist can tell by cephalometric tracings and growth rates, what is ideal not only esthetically but functionally.

A Nazarian, DDS

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