Dentofacial orthopedics in Pasadena is the process of monitoring and correcting bone growth and repairing any facial and jaw imbalances. This often involves a two-phase treatment approach that begins in kids around ages seven or eight.
Dentofacial orthopedic therapy tends to work best on children. Starting a very young age, your Pasadena orthodontist will examine and monitor a young patient’s growth and development. This early intervention allows your orthodontist to determine the most effective time to begin treatment. Phase-one therapy is performed before all the permanent teeth have erupted. During this initial stage, treatments are designed to correct issues with jaw growth and ensure that that bone is aligned properly before proceeding to the next treatment phase. Phase-two orthodontic treatment typically involves FULL braces.
For adults, the dentofacial orthopedics process may include oral surgery. In kids, the jaw bones are still developing and have not hardened completely, making it easier for your Pasadena, TX orthodontist to control tooth movement and bone growth. Adults are fully grown, and their jawbones have already hardened completely, making it more difficult to adjust the bite and shift teeth into proper position.
Oral surgery may be required to adjust the mature jaw bone and correct bite alignment before beginning orthodontic treatment with braces. Orthognathic surgery is recommended when the top and bottom jaws fail to meet correctly, and/or the teeth don’t fit adequately within the jaw. Adult patients with an improper bite or misaligned jaws can benefit from orthognathic surgery. Orthodontics straightened, and corrective jaw surgery in Pasadena repositions a misaligned jaw. Braces alone can correct bite issues when only the teeth are involved. This improves not only facial structure and symmetry, but also ensures proper mouth function, and that teeth join correctly. With dentofacial orthopedics in Pasadena for adults, a beautifully aligned smile can still be achieved.
To learn more about dentofacial orthopedics in Pasadena, and to determine if this type of orthodontic treatment is right for you, please contact our practice and schedule a consultation.