Orthopaedic orthodontics, or what is also commonly known as dento and facial orthopaedics, refers to a method or way to the orthodontics, which helps to guide the required facial development and manipulates the jaws by using the functional appliances.
Orthopaedic orthodontics takes in a very comprehensive view of what we call as the crooked teeth by studying and understanding the major causes of the problem in the teeth or mouth. One of the most common reasons why this takes place is due to the under development or irregular growth or also the wrong position of the jaws that holds the teeth. These complications usually lead to the implications on the jaw joints, thereby affecting the bones of the skull in the long way.
People opt for orthopaedic orthodontic treatment in order to correct the above issues and this is something that does not consider age as a factor. Even a three years old child can go through the same treatment, that is, this can be started in children at a very early age, making the procedure less painful and more effective with the advancement of the technology, and the same can be applied to adults as well.
Many a times, at a fairly early age, mouth breathing sometimes leads to the production of narrow arches as well as crowded teeth. With the proper usage of these functional appliances during the time of growth, one can achieve the beauty of a broad smile and live with the beauty for the rest of their lives. If left untreated, otherwise, the mouth breathing can simply lead to poor sleep habits.
Generally, the orthodontics focusses more on the straightening of the teeth, but they also consider the problems of the jaw alignment or facial development. Facial orthodontics are not just merely important for the proper function or prevention of future dental or jaw problems but also used to achieve good facial proportions and to regulate the growth of the face and jaws using equipment such as the headgear or the expanders.
During an early age, for orthopaedic orthodontics treatment, it is advised to visit a cranial osteopath trained chiropractor to know and learn the pros and cons of the treatment. In case of children, where the bones are still forming, not fully developed and not yet completely hardened, the facial orthopaedics can help correcting the poor growth and development of the teeth and jaws. In many cases, early treatment can help to eliminate the requirements for future jaw surgery or any sort of teeth extractions. In adults, once the growth has stopped, the bones become less responsive, then these functional appliances are no longer effective and useful. However, in adults, the same aligned jaws or the facial structures can only be corrected with the help of surgery to realign the jaw bones.
Functional appliances can help to correct the following:
- Narrow arches
- Underdeveloped jaws
- Jaw point problems
- Deep overbites
- Breathing problems
- Thumb sucking habits
- Crowded teeth
- Bite problems
Thus, orthodontics is the field of dentistry that revolves around the treatment along with the proper study of the improper bites or tooth irregularity as well as the disproportionate jaw. Orthodontics treats certain specific conditions such as crowding of teeth or interposition discrepancies, and so on. Treatment of these can be done with Braces, that is, the use of different kinds of braces available for resetting teeth such as full braces, lingual braces, or part braces, or invisible braces, fashion braces, self-ligating braces and so on.