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FAQ:  Open Bite


Question:
I have an eight year old boy who preliminarily has been diagnosed with skeletal open bite. Is he too young for surgery and/or orthodontics? I'm concerned that his bones are not developed enough for surgery to help. ...Visitor from OH

Answer:
You need to visit the AAFO.org website and find an orthodontist who specializes in craniomandibular problems. I would also find a hospital program near you that has oral surgeons on staff who deal with these issues. Your child may be too young for surgery, but perfect for functional appliance treatment if you can find someone who specializes in this area.

Get at least 4 opinions before you do anything. You should pay an orthodontist in your area the fee for a complete orthodontic exam package and have that doctor give you the records so you can get more opinions.

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