My two-year-old has a slight underbite that seems to result from her lower jaw coming farther forward than her upper jaw (rather than due to lower teeth protruding outwards). Is this something that might self-correct over time? What is the earliest age when we'll know it's time to seek treatment if the underbite hasn't changed? Also, can this be fixed without surgery? Thank you. - Lisa
It can be corrected with surgery, however, I’d consult with an orthodontist right now to see if you can prevent the need for surgery. There are plenty of removable appliances for the cooperative child, and plenty of fixed appliances for the not so cooperative child that will correct this imbalance of upper to lower jaw and preclude the need for surgery at a later date. I’d intervene early so it’s not a bigger problem later.
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