Some people appear more attractive after orthodontic treatment,while some people look awkward, almost unnatural. What is the cause of this, and how can it be prevented?

Facial orthopedics is a branch of dentistry that involves guiding facial growth and development, usually in childhood. It attempts to correct facial abnormalities through braces and headgear. Not all dentists specialize in this field, and you may need to find an orthodontist with skill and qualifications in both areas.

Orthodontic treatment alone does not always ensure that your profile will be balanced and attractive afterwards. Although your teeth may be perfectly aligned, the orthodontist must also make sure your front teeth’s position should relate to the rest of your face. An attractive smile is considered as having straight, healthy teeth, with teeth that support the lips properly, upper teeth that fill the smile, and a balanced profile.

Your teeth’s foundations rest on the upper and lower jaw. Dentists consider jaw growth to be unchangeable and determined genetically. This is why they wait for the permanent teeth to emerge before observing what to do with your teeth. As your facial appearance relies on your teeth and jaw’s structure, there are different ways to treat each abnormality.

You may wonder what makes facial orthopedics different from normal orthodontics. The answer lies in correcting the foundation of your jaw. Tooth repositioning alone cannot give balance to a face and create an attractive smile.

The advantages of facial orthopedics include:
– Giving or restoring balance to facial features
– Avoiding extraction of permanent teeth
– Reduced need for braces in the future
– Reduced need for headgear
– Early correction of bad habits
– Improved speech development
– A beautiful smile

The best time for orthodontic evaluation for facial orthopedics is by the time your child turns seven. For facial orthopedics and other dental treatments, you can visit us from Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can also call us at 219-809-6584. We look forward to hearing from you!