Dento-Facial Orthopedics focuses on the development of both the upper and lower jaws, the face and the airway. It also looks at habits, swallowing patterns and breathing. Properly developed jaws lead to well-balanced faces and healthy airways. Children should be screened from age 4 onwards to determine the need for early interceptive therapy. This will prevent later problems in life and possibly even the need for braces. Treatment involves the use of removable or fixed oral appliances. The success of treatment relies heavily on the patient to wear these appliances full-time and is usually removed for eating and oral hygiene only. Typical treatment varies between 6 and 12 months.
Fixed wire therapy (braces) should only be considered once the patient has stopped growing. It has little attachments on all the teeth with a special wire running through it from side to side. Conventional brackets are silver, but there are also more aesthetic clear brackets if deemed necessary.
Clear aligner systems use a series of plastic trays to straighten your teeth. It is virtually invisible and is very popular for adult treatment. Sometimes we might have to do some pre-treatment creating the space needed to move teeth into its ideal position. We will assess your situation and determine if you are a good candidate. If not, we will recommend the most appropriate therapy for you.