Orthodontics goes beyond straightening teeth to improve smile harmony. Orthodontists seek to reach facial harmony by improving the position of the facial bones that influence the shape and appearance of the jaws and face. Dentofacial orthopedics seeks to improve the position and proportions of the bones that provide a home for the teeth. This harmony is reached by guiding facial growth and development during childhood.
As a child develops, the upper and lower jaws will grow in three dimensions, this phase of development will set the final positioning of the mid and lower face. In some cases, the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates and cause misalignment problems between the upper and lower teeth. Dr. H can guide your child’s jaw growth using a variety of appliances to guide the rate, direction, and/or amount of jaw growth.
It is important to schedule an appointment for your child to receive an orthodontic at an early age (7 is the recommended age). Identifying any existing issues early will give your child the upper hand when it comes to having the most favorable outcome with the least amount of treatment.