Orthodontics is a much desired option for people of all ages, the young and old alike, that have crooked teeth, bad bites, or even for closing spaces between their teeth. Dr. Jones has been doing orthodontics and orthopedics in his practice for more than 16 years. Our goal is to make room for the adult teeth as early as possible using any combination of expansion appliances and straight wire orthodontics. We don’t believe in removing adult teeth in orthodontic cases.
Functional Jaw Orthopedics
Various studies indicate that some signs or symptoms of TMJ are present in 30% to 60% of orthodontic patients prior to treatment. It has been estimated the 70% of children in the mixed dentition have some form of malocclusion. Studies show that 90% of the face is developed by age 12, so it is important that orthopedic and orthodontic problems be treated early in order to guide the growth of our younger patients. I find parents are very receptive to early treatment so that problems can be solved earlier before they become more serious and perhaps more expensive later on.
Functional orthopedics in terms of dentistry means treating the jaw posture, tooth relationship, muscle relationship and head and neck posture as a whole system. When evaluating each patient the upper and lower dental arch development is examined to determine if:
- the arches are too narrow and constricted
- there are any airway breathing problems
- there are tongue posturing problems
- any tooth positioning problems exist
- any jaw posturing problems exist
- any head and neck problems exist