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FAQ:  Open Bite

I had braces for 2 years. It's been 5 years since I had them removed. I am 20 years old. I use my retainer every night. I now have an open bite due to my wisdom teeth.

They pushed my bottom and upper teeth out. My orthodontist said I should not use braces because my lower teeth have short roots and there is a probability of losing them if I used braces.

What other options do I have? Is jaw surgery my only option? ...Visitor from Honduras

A good resource for evaluating overall "occlusal conditions" that go beyond average orthodontics, is a Prosthodontist.

Jaw surgery is usually recommended when there are disparities in jaw sizing relationships. A prosthodontist can help determine if removing the wisdom teeth can have a beneficial effect for achieving a better alignment without the use of braces.

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