ANY ORTHODONIST OUT THERE? I NEED A SECOND OPINION. I HAVE A 4 YR. DAUGHTER. I TOOK HER TO HER 6MONTH CHECK-UP YESTERDAY. SHE HAS NO CAVITIES. (TRY TO PICTURE IT PLEASE) HER TWO BOTTOM TEETH R WASTING HER TWO TOP FRONT TEETH, BECAUSE HER BOTTOM JAW IS ALITTLE MORE OUT THAN THE TOP. THEY SAID IF THAT BOTHER ME THEY COULD DO FILL-INS BUT EVENTUALLY HER BOTTOM TEETH WOULD WASTE THOSE AS WELL. AN ORTHO SAW HER AND SAID THAT BRACES WOULD NOT HELP, BECAUSE AS SHE GROWS HER BOTTOM JAW IS STILL GONNA B FURTHER OUT THAN HER TOP ONE. HE RECOMENDED THE FACE BRACE WICH SHE WOULD USE @ AGE OF 6 FOR AT LEAST 14 HRS. A DAY FOR 18 MONTHS. THAT SHOULD HELP HER TOP JAW TO MOVE FOWARD. ANOTHER IS SHE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SURGERY @ AGE 11 WERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO CUT HER OPEN TO REMOVE HER BOTTOM JAW AND CUT IN TO WHERE HER BOTTOM IS SHORTER THAN HER TOP JAW. I DON'T WANT MY DD TO GO THROUGH NONE OF THAT.Answer Question
I had the jaw reconstruction done but age 11 is too young. Your body is still growing and if she did it then, she faces the possibility of needing to redo it later. I had a severe underbite and it was also not aligned properly. So they cut my jaw into sections and inserted coral as "fake bone" to fill in the gaps. I have 21 screws and 2 metal plates in my upper and lower jaw. It isn't the end of the world if she needs this done. However, I think you need to take her to an oral surgeon for another opinion. They will tell you whether or not it's severe enough for surgery. At 4 years old, they probably don't want to talk to you about it yet and an orthodontist shouldn't either. Give a second, maybe even third opinion. I have been there so feel free to email me, I can answer your questions if you would like.
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