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What is a good age for orthodontic treatment for a child with underbite?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Zuheir Said
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: As soon as possible
Affects child ability for speech quality, certain alphabetic letters become difficult to pronounce, modulate.
Depends on the defority reason/etiology, intervention & procedure may be simple, rare cases may need surgical intervention at late follow up.

In brief: As soon as possible
Affects child ability for speech quality, certain alphabetic letters become difficult to pronounce, modulate.
Depends on the defority reason/etiology, intervention & procedure may be simple, rare cases may need surgical intervention at late follow up.
Dr. Zuheir Said
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
A true skeletal underbite (large lower jaw) needs to be monitored, but cannot be fully corrected until the lower jaw stops growing.
If the underbite is due to a smaller than normal upper jaw, reverse pull face mask therapy can begin prior to the age of 10 to help decrease the discrepancy. Again, the etiology of the underbite is most important to know prior to beginning treatment.

In brief: Depends
A true skeletal underbite (large lower jaw) needs to be monitored, but cannot be fully corrected until the lower jaw stops growing.
If the underbite is due to a smaller than normal upper jaw, reverse pull face mask therapy can begin prior to the age of 10 to help decrease the discrepancy. Again, the etiology of the underbite is most important to know prior to beginning treatment.
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Dr. Louis Sterling
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Usually a severe underbite is best treated after the child has completed all growth.
The lower jaw tends to grow more and for a longer time than the upper jaw, so if treatment is completed at too early an age, the patient can outgrow the treatment and re-develop an underbite.

In brief: Depends
Usually a severe underbite is best treated after the child has completed all growth.
The lower jaw tends to grow more and for a longer time than the upper jaw, so if treatment is completed at too early an age, the patient can outgrow the treatment and re-develop an underbite.
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1 comment
Dr. Edmund Lipskis
Frequently 2 stage treatment is the most ideal. Studies show that upper jaws that are too small can be significantly improved at ages 6 to 10. The upper jaw surgery that sometimes can be needed without this early treatment is complex. If you address myofunctional issues at the same time, it favorably changes the growth pattern. Final treatment must wait till you are sure facial growth is finished.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually 8
One must understand that there are many types of underbites; some of dental origin, some of skeletal.
If it is dental or very mild skeletal then early intervention could be very beneficial, and as an orthodontist I have more control with so much growth remaining. If it is genetic and severe, then early orthodontics will not be of much help, and must consider surgery as an adult.

In brief: Usually 8
One must understand that there are many types of underbites; some of dental origin, some of skeletal.
If it is dental or very mild skeletal then early intervention could be very beneficial, and as an orthodontist I have more control with so much growth remaining. If it is genetic and severe, then early orthodontics will not be of much help, and must consider surgery as an adult.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
All children should be seen for 1st ortho check-up @ age 7, especially if upper jaw too large.
If problem is dental rather than skeletal, rx may be needed about the start of puberty. If problem skeletal rather than dental rx may need to be put off until all growth has ceased. See a qualified orthodontic specialist to evaluate your child's individual needs. Don't put it off, go now.

In brief: Depends
All children should be seen for 1st ortho check-up @ age 7, especially if upper jaw too large.
If problem is dental rather than skeletal, rx may be needed about the start of puberty. If problem skeletal rather than dental rx may need to be put off until all growth has ceased. See a qualified orthodontic specialist to evaluate your child's individual needs. Don't put it off, go now.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Earlier is better
We try to treat underbites by age 6-7.
Left untreated, facial growth is influenced negatively.

In brief: Earlier is better
We try to treat underbites by age 6-7.
Left untreated, facial growth is influenced negatively.
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry
In brief: 7 years old
The american academy of orthodontists reccommends that children be evaluated at age seven in general.
Some kids can wait longer, but in the case of an underbite, you really need to have them evaluated at 7yrs. This is one of the dental development issues that is most important to begin treatment on early!

In brief: 7 years old
The american academy of orthodontists reccommends that children be evaluated at age seven in general.
Some kids can wait longer, but in the case of an underbite, you really need to have them evaluated at 7yrs. This is one of the dental development issues that is most important to begin treatment on early!
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dr. Kyle Shank
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