26 Jul Treating Underbites in Growing Kids
Have you ever wondered what is a normal bite?
Ideally, all upper teeth should be in front of the lower teeth.
Kids with a crossbite have the opposite relationship in that the lower teeth protrude outside of the upper teeth, as shown below. This usually happens when the child’s upper jaw is more narrow than the lower jaw.
- Early treatment (aka Phase 1 treatment) between the ages of 7 and 10 may be most effective at correcting this bite.
- Widening the upper jaw at a young age can allow for the permanent teeth to erupt in a better position than they otherwise would have.
- Expanding the upper jaw can often prevent future jaw surgery.
An expander is first used to widen the upper jaw.
Sometimes a facemask is needed after expansion to move the upper jaw forward. Don’t worry, we won’t send your child to school with it! It is worn when the child is at home or when asleep.
Treatment with braces and elastics can also be a treatment option.
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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing an orthodontist by age 7 to assess whether your child needs any early treatment. The majority of children do not need early treatment. However, a timely evaluation at age 7 can lead to significant benefits for those kids who need early treatment, and provide peace of mind and information for parents of kids who don’t need it.