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A 41-year-old member asked:

is it possible to fix a tongue thrust problem before you fix an overbite?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: Overwhelming body of research shows that if the environment (jaws/teeth/occlusion) is normalized, 97% of muscle function problems disappear as the soft tissues adapt to the improved hard tissue positions. 3% of neuromusculature problems, such as tongue thrust remain. For a growing child, the orthodontist will work with the speech therapist for best results.
Dr. Martin Hirsch
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: You need to fix the tongue thrust habit before the overbite or your tongue will just move he teeth out of position again.

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