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Old 12-17-2018, 08:19 AM
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My son who's 10.5 needs a MARA device for his severe overbite. (He literally can't seal his mouth and affects his eating and other activities, like learning to swim).

We have the top part of the device with the expander that he needed in.

(Great! The top part is done and we just need the bottom put in.)

The problem is that the bottom part of the device didn't fit right and we had to get it remade.

(Cool! We can roll with that. Even though we really thought it would be done in one appointment.)

Now, the ortho comes back to us and says that she wants my son to have surgery on his gums because his 12 year molars haven't erupted yet. She says this will give the bottom bracket a place to sit. (Which will solve the problem that is occurring because the bracket is cutting into his gum line and was hurting when they tried to put it on.)

We really don't know if surgery is a good idea or not. Is this something that typically happens in this situation?

We know that it's not weird for kids his age to get these devices if there's a need.

We just don't want our kid to go through a surgery if he really doesn't need one or isn't the best way to solve this problem. We just want to do our due diligence.

As a result, I'm just asking for some feedback. I'm hoping that other people have been through this and can give their feedback or share their experience.

We have our initial appointment with the oral surgeon in a few weeks.

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