Orthopedic Jaw Correction
Orthodontics does not always involve moving teeth to correct malocclusions, or misalignments that cause a bad bite. Sometimes, the jaw itself needs to be corrected to fix the bite problem and improve the appearance of the face. Optimal Orthodontics offers orthopedic jaw correction to improve patients’ oral health, as well as the appearance of their smiles and entire faces.
Orthopedic jaw correction often occurs in two stages. In the first stage, an appliance is used to move the jaw bone into the proper position. The type of appliance used in this stage depends on the individual; it may be a removable appliance or one that stays in the mouth for a period of time and is removed by the dentist.
In the second stage of treatment, patients wear braces or Invisalign® clear braces to move the teeth into the proper positions. Adjusting the alignment of the teeth helps hold the jaw in the proper position, resulting in a beautiful smile.
Perhaps the top benefit of correcting jaw issues is that it helps the patient avoid TMJ disorders, or disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint. Misalignments place pressure on the jaw joints and can cause TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders are marked by a wide variety of symptoms, including headaches, jaw clicking, jaw locking up, and other painful symptoms. By correcting the jaw, patients can avoid or get relief from TMJ disorders.
Another major benefit of orthopedic jaw correction is that it can allow dentists to avoid extracting teeth. In some cases, there is not enough room for all of the teeth, causing crowding. Orthopedic jaw correction can expand the jaw and make room for the teeth, allowing for a bigger, broader smile – no extractions or surgeries necessary.
Orthopedic jaw correction can be used for both adults and children. All of the permanent teeth do not have to come in to begin the first phase of treatment – in fact, it can actually be better to begin treatment early, when the child is still experiencing growth.