Orthodontics & Orthopedics

Although many patients use the terms interchangeably, there is a dissimilarity between orthopedics & orthodontics.

Orthopedics is generally the initial phase of treating maloccluded (e.g. crowded or misaligned) teeth in kids—and in certain scenarios, the appropriate orthopedic treatment can potentially cancel the need for orthodontic treatments altogether. Functional orthopedics are usually short-term, detachable procedures— such as retainers — focused on improving correct facial growth and jaw formation. Orthopedics treat both genetic malocclusion and the more familiar environmental malocclusion – Tied to incorrect tongue position, allergies, enlarged tonsils, or mouth breathing. 

Preventive, or early orthopedic procedures can ameliorate the odds for standard development, and can also prevent potentially damaging practices (such as mouth breathing) before they transform into patterns or have a detrimental effect on other aspects of your children’s lives, like sleep for instance.

Orthodontics typically involve a procedure that starts with affixing braces to teeth as a method to perpetually shift the tooth into a less crowded, aligned pattern. Unlike orthopedics, orthodontic devices can be applied and worn for months or years before achieving the desired, final result.

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