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Orthodontics Ask The Orthodontist Ara Nazarian Question:
Painful Orthodontics: My 11 year still has seveal baby teeth that aren't showing signs of coming out as yet-top and bottom.

He has had a lingual arch put on his top teeth. Its wraos around his molars and then there is a wire that archs around his teeth. He has had nothing but pain, cold sores on his cheeks, can't eat anything that isn't soft because he is in pain, he's drooped weight due to this thing.

My question is: how necessary is it for him to have this devise at this stage? Can I wait for any type of treatment until all his baby teeth have fallen out?

I know scores of people that have had braces on at differnt ages and their teeth turned out just fine..without having this devise. ...Visitor from CA

Answer:
At age 11 there are many changes occuring in the body as well as the mouth. Without seeing am xray or photos it is difficult to say, however, it appears from what you have written that your child is going through some normal changes.

Having appliances in the mouth does take a while to get used to, however, it can help shape the arch for proper development. It is better to direct growth rather than wait in my opinion.

Tell your provider of your concerns, and I'm sure he/she will explain it even more thoroughly.

A Nazarian, DDS

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