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Facial orthopedics in San Diego

What is facial orthopedics?

Facial orthopedics, sometimes called dentofacial orthopedics, helps guide facial growth and development in young patients. Facial orthopedics can help fix imbalances in the bone structure of the face and jaw, usually caused by a rapid growth spurt – hence why this field affects mainly children.

Crossbites, overbites, and underbites can all be corrected with facial orthopedics. While that might sound intimidating, results are predictable and reliable in young patients because their mouths and jaws are still developing. If left untreated into adulthood, misaligned bites may need to be corrected with surgery.

Depending on the need, facial orthopedics can also be a precursor to, or part of, getting braces. For example, some children’s teeth are too crowded to straighten with braces without first making additional room. Using a spacer is an example of dentofacial orthopedics at work.

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If you child suffers from a misaligned bite, or is getting ready for braces, they may be a candidate for facial orthopedics. Results are typically best when treated early, so give us a call. We’re here to help.