15 Apr How does child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?
Your child’s growth and orthodontic treatment can work well with each other. Often times either the upper front teeth are protruding ahead of the lower teeth because the lower jaw is shorter than the upper jaw. As your child’s jaw continues to grow, we can use orthodontic appliances to help guide their growth allowing the lower jaw to catch up with the upper jaw. Occasionally, if there is a severe discrepancy in the length of the jaws, corrective surgery may be necessary. It is important if your child has problems with the width or length of their jaws to be evaluated by age 10 for girls and 12 for boys.