Many children and adults are often afraid and confused when visiting the orthodontic office because of the unfamiliar orthodontic appliances we use. Getting to know the tools and how they help will ease your mind. In this article, we will introduce to you the devices we use to adjust the jaws. This specialization for jaw correction is called dentofacial orthopedics.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends dentofacial orthopedic treatment for children during developmental stages, between 8 and 12 years of age. Treatment can also be for adults who experience dental changes in their lives.
Common jaw alignment issues that need treatment are:
Jaw-correcting appliances come either as fixed or removable devices. Fixed orthodontic appliances are glued to the patients teeth with cement. Removable appliances can be taken off but require the patient to be compliant and wear them as instructed. During the adjustment period, you may feel slight discomfort but adhering to the treatment plan is important. It not only gives you the best results, but can also shorten your treatment timeframe. Keep this in mind to stay motivated!
Common appliances for correcting jaw growth problems include:
Once these appliances are in place, you will get used to the feeling within a month. The adjustment period is easier when you follow the treatment plan. It takes an average of 12 months to correct jaw issues, so expect to see a more beautiful smile in about a year.