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Dentofacial Orthopedics – Tucker, GA

How We Fix Bite Problems
Without Surgery

Orthodontics is the field that’s primarily concerned with straightening the teeth. Dentofacial orthopedics from our Tucker, GA orthodontist, on the other hand, is focused on the facial bones and jaws. Just like the teeth can cause problems when they’re misaligned, jaws that don’t develop properly can lead to several oral health issues later in life. Get in touch with Duo Orthodontics today to learn more about how you or your child might benefit from dentofacial orthopedics in our Marietta orthodontic office.

Child talking to dental team member during dentofacial orthopedics treatment

Why Choose Duo Ortho for Dentofacial Orthopedics?

What is Dentofacial Orthopedics?

Closeup of smile before dentofacial orthopedics

Dentofacial orthopedics uses a variety of orthopedic appliances to guide the growth of facial bones. This is often the best way to deal with a crossbite, overbite, or underbite as well as other imbalances of the face or jaw. This treatment may involve braces, but it may also include more specialized appliances such as headgear. In some cases, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics are employed at the same time to fully address all of a patient’s needs.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentofacial Orthopedics?

Child and parents discussing dentofacial orthopedics

Children are generally the best candidates since their jaws and faces are still growing and developing. Ideally, the treatment will begin before all of the baby teeth have fallen out; we recommend bringing your little one in for an examination around the age of seven or eight so that treatment can begin if necessary. Adults are technically still candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, but because their jaws have fully formed already, the treatment might involve surgery in addition to braces.

How Does It Work?

Child with dentofacial orthodpedics appliance in place

The treatment is typically divided into two parts. The first phase is for correcting jaw abnormalities and encouraging proper jaw development before the permanent teeth grow in. This is the point where headgear and expanders are normally used. The second phase typically involves using braces to straighten the permanent teeth after they have erupted. Of course, sometimes headgear and braces need to be used at the same time.

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