How does dentofacial orthopedics differ from orthodontics?
Dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontics go hand-in-hand, but they are separate processes with different treatment approaches.
Orthodontics focuses primarily on tooth movement. Braces, for instance, are an orthodontic treatment where brackets and wires work together to shift teeth into a straighter position.
Dentofacial orthopedics focuses on facial growth. Dentofacial orthopedic treatments will attempt to alter the way facial bones form over time. Devices like expanders or headgear can change or influence the jaw’s shape so orthodontic solutions are more successful. In some cases, dentofacial orthopedics can include facial surgery.
Who’s a good candidate for dentofacial orthopedics?
Anyone can pursue dentofacial orthopedics, but achieving positive results is easier for some patients than for others.
Children are the most viable candidates for dentofacial orthopedics because they are still growing. A doctor can more easily assess and predict jaw development in children. From there, it’s possible to implement measures that influence growth so future orthodontic treatments are either unnecessary or more successful.
Adults can also benefit from dentofacial orthopedics to correct jaw misalignments. However, because the jaw has already finished developing, it’s more likely that an adult will need surgery.
What are the benefits of dentofacial orthopedics?
There are plenty of advantages to dentofacial orthopedic treatment. Most notably, dentofacial orthopedics helps patients achieve straighter smiles. Adjusting jaw alignment can give your teeth the space they need to settle into place. For children, dentofacial orthopedics can set them on the path toward a lifetime of amazing smiles. Dentofacial orthopedics can correct long-standing issues to produce the smile you always wanted for adults.
Beyond the face-value benefits of a straighter smile, dentofacial orthopedics can help you live a healthier, more comfortable life. Straighter teeth are easier to maintain, meaning you’ll more easily prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, you’ll ease the soreness that often coincides with a misaligned jaw.
Why choose Garrett & Boyd Orthodontics?
When you need treatment for jaw or teeth misalignment, an expert team can get you the best results. Garrett & Boyd Orthodontics is a premier provider for patients in Sugar Land and Rosenberg, Texas.
Our team of compassionate orthodontic assistants and office staff work hard to ensure a comfortable visit time after time. You can count on Garrett & Boyd Orthodontics for a smooth patient experience on your way to a beautiful new smile.
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Ready to see how you can benefit from dentofacial orthopedics? Start by visiting our offices in Sugar Land or Rosenberg, Texas. Schedule an appointment with Garrett & Boyd Orthodontics for treatment from the United States’ longest-running orthodontic partnership.