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Sponsored Brief: Why are kids getting orthodontics earlier?


Last updated 3/1/2019 at Noon

It's usually best to tackle jaw development issues when your child has lots of growth remaining. Think of your child's mouth in three dimensions (width, height, depth).

Width issues include posterior crossbites. Height includes deep overbites and open bites. And depth includes under bites and large overjets.

Your child will enjoy a better and more stable long-term result with managing these early.

Habits (like thumb sucking) should not be delayed. Teeth position can also contribute to dental and gum injuries.

Finally, sometimes a short and simple orthodontic treatment can signif...

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