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Dental Facial Orthopedics
Dental facial orthopedics is a sensitive treatment option that involves changing the shape, size and relationship of the bones that are located in the jaw and face. Orthodontists acknowledge that the overcrowding of teeth is not due to having excessive teeth but rather the fact that the facial growth has been somehow stunted. Therefore, it is the job of an orthodontist to allow the facial growth to continue in order to eliminate the problems that the patient is suffering from. Not only are the bones and jaw taken into consideration during dental facial orthopedics but so are the correct positioning of the tongue, the relationship between the lower and upper jaw and the airways.
Who is Dental Facial Orthopedics For?
Dental facial orthopedics is not limited to a certain age group but rather to everyone. The problems with bad bites (malocclusion) and overcrowding of the teeth start at a young age as a baby develops into an infant and so on. Improper breathing, problems in the nose, mouth and ears and thumb sucking can all create problems for the dental facial growth. These problems can create problems for adults later in life so it is crucial to have these problems checked out as early as possible but treatment can be performed at any age.
How To Correct Dental Facial Problems
Most orthodontists prefer to correct dental facial problems with the use of orthodontic functional appliances rather than with invasive surgery. In most cases, the problems can be resolved with the proper use of these orthodontic appliances. These appliances are used in order to prevent improper growth and redirect the bone structure to the right position to allow for proper dental facial growth.