For many people, braces aren’t quite enough to get the improved smile they want.
That’s due to issues with how the jaw lines up, something that can’t always be corrected with standard orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth.
That’s where we can use dentofacial orthopedics at Orthodontic Affiliates!
Read today’s blog and learn some of the advantages of this face-centered approach to your treatment in our Indiana dental offices!
It sounds more intimidating and complex than it actually is, but dentofacial orthopedics is simply part of a means to a desired end.
In other words, it’s a way to intervene early on, ideally, with the development of your bite so that you get the most out of your standard orthodontic treatment down the road.
We like to see patients for orthodontic evaluation by around the age of seven.
It’s at this point where we can take a look at how their jaw is growing and lining up and determine if some type of intervention is needed to optimize future orthodontic treatment.
Dentofacial orthopedics at an early age could mean the difference between short-term braces in their pre-teen or teen years, and possible surgeries or longer treatment with brackets and wires later in life.
We could go on for days about the advantages of supplementing your long-term treatment plan with dentofacial orthopedics, but today, we’ll keep it down to three of the most common benefits!
A true expert in orthodontic treatment will know that straight teeth are great for your smile, but that proper jaw alignment contributes to a more attractive facial structure.
That’s why we use this face-focused approach so it has more impact on your overall appearance.
Getting an early start with orthodontic intervention is ideal.
That’s because it’s much easier to manipulate the position and alignment of a developing mouth and jaw than reposition one that nature has already locked into place.
Kids appreciate the chance to avoid complicated surgical procedures down the road, even if they don’t fully understand this benefit quite yet!
Overlapping, crooked teeth are just harder to keep clean. Poorly positioned teeth create more nooks and crannies, as well as harder to reach places you’ll have to navigate dental floss around for adequate daily maintenance.
Straightening your teeth will make brushing and flossing easier, which encourages better oral health for the rest of your life.
Using customized orthodontic appliances, especially as your jawbone and facial structure are still developing, we’re able to pave the way to a great smile and a better treatment experience overall.
That’s because our appliances guide your bite into proper alignment so that you might avoid costly or invasive surgeries and procedures down the road. As long as your bite is working as it should, your orthodontic treatment can be easier because at that point, it’s more a matter of just straightening your teeth.
That’s not to say that beyond a certain age, you can’t benefit from dentofacial orthopedics!
We apply this approach to adults everyday in our Indiana practices.
It’s just that it’s more comfortable and smooth an experience if you head alignment problems off at the pass when you’re much younger.
Regardless, our team prides itself on results patients love!
Dentofacial orthopedics allows our team to optimize the end results of your overall treatment plan.
With this face-focused approach, you can achieve better results and increase the likelihood of a smoother orthodontic process and a smile you won’t want to hold back!
Trust your treatment to our team at Orthodontic Affiliates. Call 888-722-5033 or schedule an appointment fill out our online form to schedule your visit.
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