Orthopaedics and Orthodontics

Orthopaedics is the concept of guiding the growth of the developing jaws to obtain the best facial appearance and smile. This usually involves plates to expand and developing the arches

Functional orthopaedics in terms of dentistry means treating the jaw posture, tooth relationship, muscle relationship and head and neck posture as a whole system. When evaluating each patient the upper and lower dental arch development is examined to see if they are too narrow and constricted, if there are any airway breathing problems, tongue posturing problems, tooth positioning problems, jaw posturing problems and/or any head and neck problems.

The patient must decide what philosophy and approach they would like to be treated under. The choice is yours. Traditional orthodontics verses Functional Orthopaedics/orthodontics.

Habits such as incorrect swallowing, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, mouth breathing can cause poor development of the jaws and therefore poor facial appearance and crooked teeth.

If a child’s teeth and jaws are not developing correctly, facial development is also most often incorrect. The influence of health problems like allergies, asthma, poor posture and nutrition, all have an effect on facial and dental development. The way a child swallows determines if the teeth will be correctly aligned or crowded.

These problems should be evaluated and treated while the child is still growing, well before the usual age when children have braces. Orthodontic treatment with extraction of permanent teeth can be avoided by early action.

Early treatment to correct these habits and develop the jaw can result in a better looking face and help avoid braces and extractions.

The secret to the above is early diagnosis at the age of 4 or above.

Treatment between ages of 4 and 10 generally involves around orthopaedics which is where we generally expand the jaws so that we minimize the need for orthodontics or even if we need orthodontics then it for a short period of time.

After generally the age of 12 we have to place braces on. However that does not mean the orthopaedics cannot be carried out. Each child is an individual and needs to be evaluated before any treatment is commenced

Why is orthopaedic and orthodontic treatment important?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.

When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Treatment to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health and change your facial appearance for the better, and it can boost your self-esteem. It can provide you with the chance to participate in improving the way you look. Patients often feel more self-confident even before treatment is completed. The value of an attractive smile should not be underestimated.

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