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My 11 year old son's lower jaw is not growing with his top jaw. The orthodontist wants to pull two teeth at the top and put in braces.

I am worried that his facial structure will be off. Also how will pulling teeth from top make his bottom jaw line up? ... Visitor from Lake Charles

Your son's condition warrants a visit with some specialists who can hopefully provide a more accurate "view" of what may occur has he ages a few years.

If the jaw has indeed "stopped" growing ..... getting braces may only provide a temporary treatment result. He may be a likely candidate for Orthognathic Surgery after his "growth spurts" have completed which will require braces again.

Get a consult with an Oral Surgeon who routinely performs orthognathic surgery... and also, if possible, a consult with a Prosthodontist with 15+ years experience. Prosthodontists are the "masters" of the adult bite.

Treatment need considerations should be focused "more" on what will and what won't occur as your son approaches his late teens and early adult years... the time period where growth spurts have typically ended and where orthognathic surgery is considered, if there is an indication for it.

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