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How often does correcting an underbite in a 9 year old lead to an overbite? Should I wait to start treatment?

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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Don't wait

The correction should be done sooner than later .
You should follow your orthodontist's advice. If you still have questions, seek a second opinion.

In brief: Don't wait

The correction should be done sooner than later .
You should follow your orthodontist's advice. If you still have questions, seek a second opinion.
Dr. John Chiu
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Dental v skeletal

Dental under bites are best addressed as young as possible for maximum stability.
Skeletal under bites may require both orthodontics and jaw surgery, best done after all growth has ceased. Timing and type of treatment best monitored by an Orthodontic Specialist. You are not saving anything by not going now for initial examination. Ask your Dentist to recommend best Orthodontist in your area.

In brief: Dental v skeletal

Dental under bites are best addressed as young as possible for maximum stability.
Skeletal under bites may require both orthodontics and jaw surgery, best done after all growth has ceased. Timing and type of treatment best monitored by an Orthodontic Specialist. You are not saving anything by not going now for initial examination. Ask your Dentist to recommend best Orthodontist in your area.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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4 doctors agree

In brief: See orthodontist now

Experts agree that a child's first visit to the orthodontist should be at age 7.
So many minor corrections can be made if needed, but major issues can also be corrected before they become a big deal! Sometimes all that's needed is to place your child under observation to wait for the appropriate time to start therapy. Orthodontists are trained in this part of dental medicine- see one ASAP.

In brief: See orthodontist now

Experts agree that a child's first visit to the orthodontist should be at age 7.
So many minor corrections can be made if needed, but major issues can also be corrected before they become a big deal! Sometimes all that's needed is to place your child under observation to wait for the appropriate time to start therapy. Orthodontists are trained in this part of dental medicine- see one ASAP.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Treat early

I find underbites in younger patients are very ammenable to treatment, both quickly and easily.
Many times early correction is very effective and reduces the possibility and/or eliminates the need for surgical correction later.

In brief: Treat early

I find underbites in younger patients are very ammenable to treatment, both quickly and easily.
Many times early correction is very effective and reduces the possibility and/or eliminates the need for surgical correction later.
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dental vs Skeletal

If a 9 year old has a skeletal underbite, it is important to note that he/she will continue to grow, well into their late teens.
It is difficult to treat a skeletal underbite until jaw growth stops. A dental underbit can be treated at a younger age, depending on the cause of the dental underbite (upper front teeth erupting lingually, or lower front teeth erupting buccally). A comprehensive exam!

In brief: Dental vs Skeletal

If a 9 year old has a skeletal underbite, it is important to note that he/she will continue to grow, well into their late teens.
It is difficult to treat a skeletal underbite until jaw growth stops. A dental underbit can be treated at a younger age, depending on the cause of the dental underbite (upper front teeth erupting lingually, or lower front teeth erupting buccally). A comprehensive exam!
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Don't wait

I would not worry about corrections leading to other problems.
corrections will adjust your child's bite and occlusion. Wait could mean they will be more likely to need surgery down the road. It's just easier to fix these issues when they are young and the bones are more maliable.

In brief: Don't wait

I would not worry about corrections leading to other problems.
corrections will adjust your child's bite and occlusion. Wait could mean they will be more likely to need surgery down the road. It's just easier to fix these issues when they are young and the bones are more maliable.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Donna Galante
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: An underbite

can become an overbite with early interceptive orthodontic treatment.
If your 9 year old has an underbite right now and their are other family members with a similar type of bite, you should see an orthodontist right away and get a thorough evaluation of the problem. Often early correction will correct the problem and prevent the need for jaw surgery later.

In brief: An underbite

can become an overbite with early interceptive orthodontic treatment.
If your 9 year old has an underbite right now and their are other family members with a similar type of bite, you should see an orthodontist right away and get a thorough evaluation of the problem. Often early correction will correct the problem and prevent the need for jaw surgery later.
Dr. Donna Galante
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Early start

Different orthodontists have different philosophies regarding when to start a particular case.
The orthodontist likes to see the patient early on so he/she can guide the eruption of the teeth with early intervention.

In brief: Early start

Different orthodontists have different philosophies regarding when to start a particular case.
The orthodontist likes to see the patient early on so he/she can guide the eruption of the teeth with early intervention.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Don't wait

Some kids habitually bite into an underbite, we call that a "pseudo" underbite, which is not an underbite at all.
This habit once corrected may reveal an overbite that was always there. However, a true underbite is hard to correct as it usually gets worse as a child grows. If your 9 year old has a true underbite it is best to start treatment right away.

In brief: Don't wait

Some kids habitually bite into an underbite, we call that a "pseudo" underbite, which is not an underbite at all.
This habit once corrected may reveal an overbite that was always there. However, a true underbite is hard to correct as it usually gets worse as a child grows. If your 9 year old has a true underbite it is best to start treatment right away.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Randy Feldman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Depends

if Orthodontic then you can fix now, if orthopedic need to wait until growth cessation and may involve surgery need to seek Orthodontic eval to diagnose and eval -then provide recommendation's eventual tx options

In brief: Depends

if Orthodontic then you can fix now, if orthopedic need to wait until growth cessation and may involve surgery need to seek Orthodontic eval to diagnose and eval -then provide recommendation's eventual tx options
Dr. Randy Feldman
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