Sometimes braces simply can’t fix the problem by themselves. That’s where dentofacial orthopedic therapy comes in. We can solve jaw and bite issues using a special kind of therapy. Below we will explain what jaw realignment by dentofacial orthopedics is, how it can help your child, and how it affects the need for braces. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at (561) 391-6415.

How does jaw realignment happen with dentofacial orthopedics?

Dentofacial orthopedics is a type of treatment used to normalize a patient’s facial growth and development. Because their facial structure is still developing, children ages 7 to 9 benefit most from this type of therapy. For this reason, we recommend seeing children in our office for the first time around age 7. To learn more about your child’s first visit to our office and preventive orthodontics, visit our page here.

This stage of treatment is often called Phase I treatment and occurs before the application of braces. Dentofacial orthopedics, much like orthodontics, uses different forces to correct problems in the mouth and realign the jaw. We can use expanders to widen the palate and other oral appliances to guide the growth of your child’s jaw. While we sometimes can apply dentofacial orthopedic therapy to adult situations, the treatment really does work best on children.

How can dentofacial orthopedics help my child?

To ensure we are able to treat your child as soon as possible, it is important to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment at the appropriate age. We can then examine their current situation and monitor problems to see how and when they should be treated. We can use dentofacial orthopedics to correct your child’s bite problems, jaw development, or spatial issues. This therapy can also help to make orthodontic treatment work a bit more smoothly. Dentofacial orthopedics can help your child avoid more complicated orthodontic and orthopedic problems in the future.

Will my child still need braces after undergoing jaw realignment therapy?

While dentofacial orthopedics can certainly help orthodontic treatment work more effectively, we cannot promise that it will eliminate the need for orthodontics altogether. In fact, dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontic treatment are often used together in a two-phase process. Sometimes, dentofacial orthopedics can prevent the need for orthodontic care, but oftentimes is used to correct developmental issues in order to help make braces more effective.

How can I schedule a consultation?

If you are ready to schedule an appointment for you or your child, please contact our office. We offer free consultations to anyone interested in our orthodontic treatments. We want to make sure you get the information you need to make the best decision for your family’s orthodontic care.

To reach our office, please call (561) 391-6415. You can also send us a message using our online form. Just fill out the form, click submit, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. We will be happy to help you schedule a date and time that works best for you. We hope to hear from you soon!

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