Braces for Teen, Jaw surgery
My 16 year old has been diagnosed with a significant overbite. His pediatric dentist had not recommended braces or any interventions. When we switched dentists (he aged out), the new dentist was surprised this was not recommended earlier. We met with an orthodontist and he recommends jaw surgery (!) to correct his overbite, and that his jaw is already formed as he said, we stop growing at 16. Has anyone else experienced this? Had I been informed earlier I would have gotten my son into the care of an orthodontist sooner and could have avoided surgery altogether. I think my son is still growing per my kitchen wall growth chart (!), but would like to try traditional methods before moving to this extreme measure. If this had been a "normal-ish" time, it would be better. With everything going on in the community and the world, my kid is a bit fragile these days, feels overwhelmed and depressed, and I do not want to add surgery to his list of concerns. My son has anxiety and has had therapy for about 1.5 years. This kid never has even had a filling. We are really caught off guard by this news. Any words of advice, other than getting another opinion (I am on that) . Thank you.