Early Orthodontic Care Can Improve Facial Structure

Dentofacial orthopedics is an orthodontic method that helps facial bone structure develop normally. The treatments we use can also help correct abnormalities in the structure of your face to give you an attractive and happy smile.

Like many people, you may suffer from too much or too little bone growth in your face. This will throw off your bite and may cause issues with the alignment of your teeth. With dentofacial orthopedic treatment, it is possible to achieve major bone corrections that will fix your bite. To make these corrections, your orthodontist may recommend a functional orthodontic appliance.

If treatment is started during childhood, we can often accomplish the changes without surgery. Dr. Randy Schmidt and Dr. Evan Schmidt recommend getting your child into our office by age 7 to begin dentofacial evaluation and treatment. This will help maximize the chances of correcting the issue without needing a more invasive procedure.

Dentofacial Therapy May Be Used With Other Treatments to Correct Orthodontic Problems

As an adult, your facial bones have already formed and hardened. This lessens the chance that your problem can be corrected without surgery. Dentofacial orthopedic therapy may still work on its own, but it is often used with surgery to correct the abnormal bone growth.

Orthodontic treatments like braces can be used with dentofacial treatment to preserve any correction that is achieved. The orthodontic option will also help guide developing teeth into proper alignment, as the previous structure of the facial bones may have set those teeth on track to come in crooked or misaligned.

Starting Michigan City dentofacial orthopedics as early as possible is critical in achieving the change you want to see in your smile or your child’s smile. Call us today to schedule your consultation: 219-809-6584. You can also request an appointment online.