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Braces

Space hard to close

06/09/2008

Question:

I am an adult, with a frontal and lateral overbite. I needed the braces and jaw surgery. Within the 2, almost 3 yrs. of wearing the braces, I am very unhappy with the results. I`ve decided not to have the jaw surgery because of all the pain with the braces. I had to have 4 extractions (4 canine teeth) and the trouble is the last space will not close; it is the left, top space, on the side of the lateral overbite. Now I`m having pain on that side when I bite down and eat. What can the doctor do to get that last space to close

Answer:

You need to speak with your doctor about your treatment progress. Adult treatment can last up to 4 years especially if the condition involves a problem that requires surgery to correct.

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Response by:

Mark G Hans, DDS, MSD Mark G Hans, DDS, MSD
Professor of Orthodontics
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University