After completing her Orthodontic residency, Dr. Morgan took and passed the American Board of Orthodontic Exam making her a Board Certified Orthodontist (a designation only a small percentage of orthodontists achieve). After practicing in a few areas in Northern Virginia, Dr. Morgan has decided to plant roots in Lansdowne as she loves the community spirit of the area. Dr. Morgan resides in Leesburg.
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necessary to pull out his canine (baby) or is there a better way?
While extraction of primary teeth is a common practice to aid in the growth and development of the permanent teeth, if you have questions regarding your child's specific needs, I would suggest visiting a board certified orthodontist in your area. Most orthodontists provide free initial consultations and will be able to look at your daughter's teeth to really inform you of potential needs in the future.
If permanent canines are impacted and will not erupt on their own, there is a surgery to assist the orthodontist in moving the teeth. Many times an orthodontist will make room for the teeth and then with the help of a surgeon who places brackets on the impacted teeth, they are able to pull the teeth into place.
Your question about her age is a good question. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists www. braces.org) recommend that every child be screened by an orthodontist by age 7. There are many things that can be more easily done before the child reaches 10 or 11 that will prevent or at least improve issues that will occur when all of the baby (primary) teeth are lost.
Please let me know if this answers your question.
Dr. Kelly Morgan
Hope this helps,
Dr. Kelly Morgan