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Q&A: Can an under bite condition be treated in a 6 year old child to avoid what I went through as a child?

the severity will determine if any procedures are warranted at his young age. Generally, nothing is indicated at this time since his growth is not complete. The lower jaw does lag behind the upper until the teenage years and there is no way to predict his growth pattern. Surgery at this time may only mean additional procedures in the future. If the only concern is cosmetic and your son has no other problems associated with the size of his mandible (ie: breathing abnormalities, tongue obstruction), the best treatment is no treatment at this time. If you are still concerned, consult an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon in your area. I do understand your concerns and if your son does experience these terrible things that kids can do, consuling and reassurance on your part is the best starting point.

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