Orthopaedics and Orthodontics
Orthopaedics is to do with bones (jaw bone in the context of dentistry). Teeth need space to come through. Your jaw bone has to be full developed with enough space for the teeth to come out straight. If it is not fully developed then teeth come out crooked or misaligned.
Functional orthopaedics in terms of dentistry means treating the jaw posture, tooth relationship, muscle relationship and head and neck posture as a whole system.
If you treat just the teeth and not the jaws with it then most of the time we end up removing teeth to create space to straighten the teeth. If you develop the jaws then no extraction is required. Of course we have to look at each individual but there are very few circumstances where we ever need to remove teeth.
You must decide what philosophy and approach you would like your child to be treated under. The choice is yours. Traditional orthodontics verses Functional Orthopaedics/Orthodontics.
After generally the age of 12 we have to place braces on. However that does not mean the orthopaedics cannot be carried out. Each child is an individual and needs to be evaluated before any treatment is commenced
Why is orthopaedic and orthodontic treatment important?
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.
When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Treatment to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health and change your facial appearance for the better, and it can boost your self-esteem. It can provide you with the chance to participate in improving the way you look. Patients often feel more self-confident even before treatment is completed. The value of an attractive smile should not be underestimated.
After generally the age of 12 we have to place braces on. However that does not mean the orthopaedics cannot be carried out. Each child is an individual and needs to be evaluated before any treatment is commenced.
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