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Orthopedic Appliance Use in Orthodontics

Posted in Orthodontics

Braces aren’t the only way that orthodontists help correct the alignment of the teeth. In many cases, the location of the teeth is not the problem. The problem lies in the anatomy and development of the jaws, palate and skull. During early stages of development, orthopedic appliances can be very useful in guiding the jaws into a proper developmental course. This allows the upper and lower jaws to bite together properly, and greatly reduces orthodontic concerns later on such as severely crowded or misaligned teeth.

Temporary orthodontic appliances such as palatal expanders are worn during the early stages of orthodontic treatment, or before treatment is begun. More space and a proper biting relationship between the teeth greatly improve the effectiveness of routine orthodontic treatment. Results are more significant and treatment times reduced when orthopedics are utilized during early stages of care.

One of the biggest benefits of orthopedic appliances is that they are non invasive. The appliances typically eliminate the need for surgical bone remodeling and corrective placements. Instead, they encourage proper bone growth during a stage of development where oral anatomy is still forming. After modified growth has taken place, the appliance is simply removed as the remainder of orthodontic treatment shifts the teeth into the proper places. Short jaws, narrow palates, or dramatic underbites are extremely difficult, if not impossible to be treated with braces alone.

If your child suffers from jaw discrepancies or tremendous misalignment of teeth, orthopedic appliances can greatly improve their response to orthodontic therapy. Surprisingly, the growth modification appliances do not require much more of a financial investment in regards to the overall cost of care.

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