This week I finished treatment for a ten year old little boy whose lower jaw protruded outside his upper teeth. He at first looked as if he had a jutting chin. For children with this problem starting treatment at 13 or 14 years if too late in terms of conventional childrens orthodontic treatment.

At first he was not particularly cooperative or willing but I managed to persuade him of the benefit of what I was doing. We used a functional appliance (plate) over a period of eight months and altered his front bite to the extent that he now has a normal facial profile. He and his mum were absolutely delighted with the result, as am I.

The moral of this story is, “Don’t wait too long, get your child checked at age eight or nine”

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