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Orthodontics Ask The Dentist - Edward Leventhal Question:
My daughter is 14 and her orthodontist recommended full braces with rubber bands to correct her bite. The orthodontist said that she could still keep growing into an underbite, right now her teeth come together - top and bottom. We went ahead with the braces option, but her first appointment to get spacers put in didn't go well at all, and I let her take them out after about 18 hours into them.

We had been up all night because she couldn't stand the pain. So I cancelled the braces appointments and plan to get another opinion. Meanwhile we saw a commercial on the television on some type of invisible braces that can actually correct an underbite.

So my question to you is . . . Do you have any information on this product? I've tried to find it on the internet, but haven't found anything yet. ...Visitor from MN

Answer:
I would not recommend invisalign to your daughter. An underbite is a diagnosis that could have large implications when your daughter hits pubertal age, approx. 16 years old - this is when she has a growth spurt. Thus, her jaws would grow as well.

If she is unable to tolerate the spacers placed in her back teeth, she will be unable to tolerate braces because it also involves tenderness to the teeth. You might need to wait when she gets mentally mature and able to tolerate these.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300



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