Developmental Dentofacial Orthopedics

Developmental Dentofacial Orthopedics

Your smile is the first impression that reflects on people as you socialize and participate in events.

A well-oriented and symmetric set of teeth impacts significantly on your smile, facial development, and other functions of the mouth. It might be difficult to maintain an aesthetically pleasing smile when the patient suffers from teeth that are crooked and misaligned. Guided tooth movement is the best way to restore facial structure and growth. Dentofacial orthopedics could be the right solution for your orthodontic problem.

Although there is never an age to begin your dentofacial orthopedic treatment, it's easier to manipulate and direct jaw growth while the patient is around the age of six or seven as they are still developing. If you are ever in a situation that doesn't allow you to laugh or smile to the fullest, dentofacial orthopedics is the answer to your hidden smile.

What are the benefits of Dentofacial Orthopedics?

Early intervention is always better to avoid complicated dental procedures in the future. There are several benefits in choosing this method of treatment, and the major advantage would be in simplifying the second-phase orthodontic treatment. Other benefits include:

  • Prevents chances of facial abnormalities
  • Eliminates the need for unnecessary jaw surgery
  • Patients can expect properly aligned facial structure
  • Simplifies orthodontic treatment

Dentofacial Orthopedic Treatment For Children

This procedure is best recommended for children as the patient's bone structure would still be forming, making it simpler to guide the process of teeth movement. With early treatment, it would be easy to take care of the patient's phase one orthodontic treatment without having to resort to expensive treatments later on. During this phase, the orthodontist would implement a treatment plan that focuses on directing proper jaw growth and treating misalignments. The orthodontist would recommend the use of orthodontic appliances such as palatal expander, jaw expander, and bite correctors.

Dentofacial Orthopedics For Adults

Dentofacial orthopedics not only benefits children but adults as well. Bite adjustments may be easily treated in children as the jawbone, and other parts of the mouth may not have fully developed, whereas that is not the case in adults. Jawbones in adults would have already formed in shape and size, making it harder to make adjustments. Any bite adjustments and jawbone misalignments would need surgery instead of orthodontic appliance therapy. With dentofacial orthopedic surgery, adults would still be able to achieve the smile of their dreams.

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