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Dentofacial Orthopedics – Cumming, GA

Improving More Than Just the Teeth

Mother and daughter smiling after dentofacial orthopedics treatment

“Dentofacial orthopedics” is a term most people haven’t heard of, but it’s a type of treatment that many patients can benefit from. While traditional orthodontics can help move the teeth to make them more functional and straight, dentofacial orthopedics can be used to adjust the bones of the face and jaw that support the teeth. This cannot only create a more symmetrical and attractive face, but it can also correct bite misalignments that can’t be handled by braces alone. At Serenity Orthodontics, we’ve used it to help countless children and adults achieve gorgeous smiles while also avoiding invasive surgery. Could it be exactly what you or your child needs? To find out, give us a call today to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss dentofacial orthopedics in our Cumming, GA orthodontic office.

Why Choose Serenity Orthodontics for Dentofacial Orthopedics?

  • Orthodontist with Nearly a Decade of Experience
  • Able to Help Children & Adults Alike
  • Non-Invasive Alternative to Corrective Jaw Surgery

What are Dentofacial Orthopedics?

Little girl smiling after dentofacial orthopedics

Dentofacial orthopedics are used to correct problems and guide the development of the bony structures that support the teeth. This can include the jaw and nearby facial bones that directly influence the alignment of the bite. Typically, dentofacial orthopedics consists of a combination of braces and removable oral appliances that direct the growth of the jawbones. Usually, it’s integrated as part of a patient’s general orthodontic care, because without the underlying bones being in the right place, straightening the teeth can be extremely difficult if not impossible.

How Dentofacial Orthopedics Are Used?

Smile with dentofacial orthopedics appliance in place

In most cases, dentofacial orthopedics is used to address bite alignment problems like advanced overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Often, the reason the teeth aren’t coming together as they should has nothing to do with the teeth themselves. Rather, one of the jaws may be underdeveloped compared to the other. Dentofacial orthopedics can help stimulate jawbone growth to create a functional and healthy bite. As a result, this can also give a patient a more defined jaw line and fuller looking face, making more than their smile look dramatically better.

Dentofacial Orthopedics for Adults & Children

Smiling group of dentofacial orthopedics patients

Ideally, dentofacial orthopedics is used with children because the bones of their face and jaw aren’t fully set yet, which means they will be more responsive to treatment. However, this approach is still effective for adults, though treatment is usually a bit slower. For many adults, dentofacial orthopedics is able to fix problems found in their smile that weren’t addressed using braces or a clear aligner treatment. Plus, it helps many people avoid the need for corrective jaw surgery, saving them time, pain, and expense.