Adult teeth begin to grow into our mouths around the age of 6. This growth of new teeth continues until around 12 years old. Most of the time our teeth develop and grow in an order that allows them to line up in a row. However, sometimes there can be a disruption in this sequence that prevents them from growing in as they should. This can be due to excessive crowding or extra teeth (supernumerary teeth) which may need to be removed in order to facilitate the eruption of the normal teeth. Frequently a normal tooth may remain impacted (buried in the gums or jaw) and this situation requires a combination of braces, and a surgical procedure called exposure and bonding (expose and bond). Dr. Baptist is very experienced with this procedure and can help you to have the best smile possible.