Yes, adults can undergo dentofacial orthopedic treatment. Even if it’s not causing pain, jaw problems can cause damage to your teeth, TMJ, and more issues. Adults won’t have the same options as children and it may require surgery. This is why it’s important to take your child for treatment early!
Jaw Development Overview
Proper jaw development is essential to proper teeth alignment. Children are often the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedics since their bones are still growing, but we can provide effective treatment for adults as well.
Dentofacial orthopedics is a solution for:
Other bite problems
How Dentofacial Orthopedics Works
Dentofacial orthopedics utilizes several dental appliances that include palate expanders, lower jaw expanders, activators, headgear, and blocks. When undergoing treatment, our providers ensure each patient has a full understanding of every step of treatment.
What to Expect
If we confirm the need for dentofacial orthopedic intervention, we’ll determine the best possible way forward to correct the bone development. What to expect of your treatment will depend on the specific issues that need correction. Narrow maxilla (the bone that holds your upper teeth) may need a palate expander, whereas malocclusion may need a fixed bite block.
Your Best Choice for Dentofacial Orthopedics
We utilize various advanced techniques and technologies to provide the best possible dentofacial orthopedic treatment. From advanced 3D scans of the area to crafting customized devices, we’ve got the expertise.
Focus on Education
Our role is to help you understand the “why” behind your or your child’s jaw development treatment, every step of the way. We understand these treatments can seem intimidating and want to ensure everyone is comfortable moving forward.
With 5 board-certified orthodontists and 4 convenient locations in Northern Virginia, we’ve made it easy for you to obtain the friendly, positive care you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to know if your child needs dentofacial orthopedic intervention is by ensuring they have a thorough orthodontic exam by the time they’re 7 years old. This is the best time to begin treatment.
The difference between orthodontic and orthopedic specialties is the body part they focus on. Orthodontics specifically deals with misaligned teeth. Orthopedics, by contrast, deals specifically with the skeletal structure.