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my 9 year old lost a baby molar and a canine early causing ashifting. it was recommended that she gets phase 1 braces.i read studies that have shown that it is not benegicial.should i get her phase 1 braces or wait for full braces later?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
BRACES: Your dentist knows best when to put braces. He will advise you accordingly.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
I must request a qualification. Dentists are bright, intuitive, talented, and sometimes even good looking, but not too often. What they are not is Cranio-facial Growth and Development experts. That requires an additional 500+ hours of specialty training. The practitioner to decide the optimum time to begin your child's treatment is the one that will do the treatment, in this case the Orthodontist. If you need cardiac bypass surgery in the future who do you want making the decision as to the best time to do treatment, the cardiologist or the GP? 1st Orthodontic examination Age 7!
May 2, 2013
Dr. David Schleimer
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Depends: You can read anything about this issue, most info on the net is dangerous and may have a subtext or agenda. Phase i orthodontics has a definite place in therapy. The loss of a baby molar or canine by itself is not enough information. Other skeletal or severe dental problems should be what decides for early intervention. Have a certified orthodontic specialist consult.

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