Most people have a good idea of what orthodontics can do for their smiles, but they’re probably much less familiar with the phrase “dentofacial orthopedics.” While orthodontic treatment is specifically based around the management of just tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics takes a much more comprehensive approach, guiding facial growth and development for superior health and aesthetic benefits. This technique may be used to correct congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, and other concerning issues regarding the bone structure, and it’s typically recommended for children. Dr. Georgy’s goal is to leave her valued patients with not only a healthier and stronger smile as a result of treatment, but a happier life as well! If you’d like to explore dentofacial orthopedics in more depth, feel free to contact our Glenpool, OK orthodontic office location today.
Younger patients are the ideal candidates for dentofacial orthopedics for a simple reason – their jawbones are still growing and have not completely hardened in place yet, resulting in a smoother and more malleable treatment process. Dr. Georgy’s recommended approach may come in the form of oral appliances that are designed to adjust jaw development (such as palatal expanders) during Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodontics or throughout a treatment plan with traditional braces. Our team’s recommendations will depend on your son or daughter’s specific smile and how severe the conditions we’re aiming to correct are.
While it is possible for adults to undergo dentofacial orthopedic treatment, patients should expect this process to be much more extensive in nature. This is because a grown person’s jawbone has already matured to its fullest extent and hardened in place, which makes further adjustment a much trickier goal. Many adults may need to undergo surgical intervention to achieve the improvements they need and want. If you are interested in learning more, Dr. Georgy will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your available options in greater detail.
When a patient has too much, too little, or malformed facial bone structure, it can have a dramatic impact on the way their smile looks to those around them and how it functions in everyday life. Dentofacial orthopedics can help patients achieve the following improvements: