Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dental facial orthopedics is a treatment protocol which involves changing the shape, size and relationship of the bones in the jaw and face.  Dr. Mogavero believes that the overcrowding of teeth is not due to having excessive teeth but rather the fact that the facial growth has been somehow stunted.  Dr. Mogavero looks at all of the factors and determines the best way to allow the facial growth to continue in order to eliminate the problems that the patient is suffering from. The bones and jaw taken as well as the correct positioning of the tongue and the relationship between the lower and upper jaw and the airways are all considered and then Dr. Mogavero can make an educated decision on what to do to correct the issues.

Who is Dental Facial Orthopedics For?

Dental facial orthopedics is not limited to a children but encompasses every age group.  The problems with bad bites (malocclusion) and overcrowding of the teeth start at a young age sometimes as early as infancy.  Improper breathing, problems in the nose, mouth and ears and thumb sucking can all create problems for the dental facial growth.  These problems can create problems for adults later in life so it is crucial to have these problems checked out as early as possible but treatment can be performed at any age.

How To Correct Dental Facial Problems

Most orthodontists prefer to correct dental facial problems with the use of orthodontic functional appliances rather than with invasive surgery.  In most cases, the problems can be resolved with the proper use of these orthodontic appliances.  These appliances are used in order to prevent improper growth and redirect the bone structure to the right position to allow for proper dental facial growth in order to minimize problems.