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Question:
My 11 yr. old daughter was recently told by her pediatric dentist/orthodontist that she would need braces not for cosmetic reasons (her teeth are straight) but because her bite is a "little" off in back.

Last 4 teeth on top and bottom were not lining up. He said she would need a full set for 2 years. This seems extreme to me.

When I raised my concerns, he said she could have problems as an adult if not fixed. Can you further explain? ...Visitor from KS

Answer:
For teeth to develop normally, a condition of balanced occlusion needs to exist. Your daughter is young and likely will have many growth spurts that affect jaw development before she becomes a young adult.

It sounds like there may be a possibility of a cross bite issue that may result. If biting surfaces do not align or mesh appropriately, one tooth can cause damage or movement of an pposing tooth.

To get a solid 2nd opinion, consult a Prosthodontist with 15+ years experience. Getting a non-orthodontic analysis would be the smart thing to do. Prosthodontists are the "other bite specialists."

You will likely learn more methods of treatment. When to provide the treatment may also be discussed "differently" since there are concerns involved with providing treatment too early and too late.

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