Orthodontic issues can be difficult to deal with. You may be surprised to hear that some of these issues have less to do with your teeth and more to do with the skeletal structure of your face. Now, before you start thinking that there’s nothing that can be done to fix this, our top Indiana Orthodontist want to let you know that we have a solution to help you address issues with the bones in your face: dentofacial orthopedics.
Dentofacial orthopedics is an orthodontic method from Orthodontic Affiliates that will help your facial bone structure develop normally. The treatments we use can also help correct abnormalities in the structure of your face to give you an attractive and happy smile.
Like many people, you may suffer from too much or too little bone growth in your face. This will throw off your bite and may cause issues with the alignment of your teeth. With dentofacial orthopedics, it is possible to achieve major bone corrections that will fix your bite. To make these corrections, Indiana Orthodontist Drs. Surber and Schmidt will recommend a functional orthodontic appliance.
If the treatment is started while you are young, the changes are often accomplished without the need for surgery. Indiana Orthodontist Dr. Surber and Schmidt recommend getting your child into the office by age 7 to begin dentofacial evaluation and treatment. This will help maximize the chances of correcting the issue without needing a more invasive procedure.
As an adult, your facial bones have already formed and hardened. This lessens the chance that your problem can be corrected without surgery. Dentofacial orthopedics may still be effective on its own, but it is often used with a surgical option to correct the abnormality in your bone growth.
Orthodontic treatments like braces will be used in conjunction with dentofacial treatment to preserve any correction that is achieved. The orthodontic option will also help to guide developing teeth into proper alignment, as the previous structure of the facial bones may have set them on track to come in crooked or misaligned.
Too much or too little bone structure has a dramatic impact on how your smile looks to those around you. Therefore, the biggest benefit of this type of treatment is the improved appearance of your smile. Other benefits of this treatment plan include:
The face-focused approach that Indiana Orthodontist Dr. Schmidt takes is key to the effectiveness of our dentofacial orthopedic treatments.
Beginning the Dentofacial Orthopedics treatment process as early as possible is critical in achieving the change that you want to see in your smile or your child’s smile. Call our Indiana Orthodontist today at 888-722-5033 to schedule an initial consultation. You can contact us through our online form as well. A member of our knowledgeable staff will get in touch with you shortly.
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