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Armed to the Teeth: What You Need to Know About Having Your Child’s Teeth Extracted

As parents, you entrust your child’s health to a small number of carefully vetted doctors. After all, you’ve done the research, read the reviews and heard dozens of glowing recommendations from friends and family which have all led you to select a particular doctor. For the most part, you trust that the information and diagnoses that your child’s doctors are relaying to you are in your child’s best interest. But as parents, it’s important to remember it’s absolutely within your right to question your child’s medical providers and even get a second opinion. In fact, many of Dr. Buck’s patients are seeing him specifically for a second opinion, especially for a second consult on orthodontic treatment. He sees a growing number of pediatric patients whose orthodontists are recommending a course of treatment he just doesn’t support: tooth extraction to accommodate orthodontics.

It’s very common practice for orthodontists to recommend tooth extraction to make room for orthodontics, like braces. In fact, many orthodontists believe this is a valid approach because 50 years ago, they were taught that after puberty, the jaws couldn't develop or grow. But current research shows that yes, the jaws can grow after puberty. When recommending tooth extraction, what’s often overlooked are the long-term implications. In Dr. Buck’s practice, this isn’t something you’ll encounter because in his opinion, going this route can be severely determinantal for your child and can lead to a range of serious health issues later in life, like sleep apnea.

"I’ve very passionate about [avoiding] what I call ‘amputative orthodontics,’ i.e. teeth taken out," Dr. Buck said. "There’s almost never an indication to take out teeth for orthodontics. It doesn’t work well. It damages the face and the physiology. It’s a form of care that should be eliminated, and yet it’s still prevalent."

Contrary to mainstream orthodontics, it IS possible to avoid tooth extraction while realigning your child’s teeth for a more attractive smile and healthy and functional bite. For many of his patients, Dr. Buck utilizes a growth development course of therapy to provide room for orthodontics, negating the need for tooth extraction.

Asking your child’s orthodontist a few pointed questions can give you a better idea of what kind of treatment or procedures they may recommend for your child. Here are a few questions to ask:

• Can we develop the face to be more attractive, and how do we do that? And in my child’s case should that be done.
• Can you tell me what is going on with regard to the oral posture?
• Is my child breathing well?
• Is the tongue in the correct position?
• Are you concerned with the development of the airway?
• Is it possible if we do this right, my child won’t have sleep apnea later in life?


If you child’s orthodontists can’t answer these questions, it may be time for a second opinion. That’s where we come on. Call our office today at 206-316-8286 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buck to discuss what options are available for your child.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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