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Regain Your Quality of Life with Dentofacial Orthopedics

You’re surely familiar with what it means for someone like Dr. Corey Jones to be an orthodontist – but what about dentofacial orthopedics? Most patients have never heard of the term, which is understandable. This is a dental specialty that is first and foremost concerned with the guidance of facial growth and development in children and teenagers. Dr. Jones has pursued years of additional, high-level training in this important specialty, and he looks forward to sharing the benefits with his patients! Please contact our Chicago, IL location today to schedule a consultation, or if you have any questions our team can help you with.

teen looking in mirror at himselfWho Can Benefit From Dentofacial Orthopedics?

According to research, nearly 75% of the population has skeletal/facial concerns that could benefit from dentofacial orthopedic treatment. This type of intervention is most effective when the bones are still developing and haven’t fully hardened into a permanent arrangement. In fact, children may be able to avoid the need for surgery later in life with this type of treatment. Other benefits of dentofacial orthopedics include the improved appearance of the smile and face, as well as the creation of adequate spaces for developing teeth to properly emerge from the gum line.

young boy with glassesDentofacial Orthopedics for Children

Dr. Jones will be the first to tell you (the parent) that dentofacial orthopedic therapy is ideal when your son or daughter is still young, as their ongoing bone growth and tooth movement is still relatively fluid and easy for our team to control. During in-depth consultations, he will closely examine the child’s existing smile and pinpoint a time when it will be ideal for them to begin the treatment process. If this time comes before all of their permanent teeth have made an appearance, it’s also referred to as Phase I Pediatric Orthodontics. Our team will use carefully chosen approaches to ensure proper jaw bone alignment and growth over the years. Once the permanent teeth are in place, a second phase of traditional orthodontic care will begin to help their smile become properly aligned.

assistant working on sleeping patients smileDentofacial Orthopedics for Adults

Dentofacial orthopedics can be used to successfully treat adults; however, it’s important to remember that the treatment process is likely to be much more involved and maybe even surgical in nature. While young jawbones are not completely formed yet and can be manipulated, an adult jawbone is sufficiently hardened, which makes it that much more of a challenge to correct misaligned facial bones and ensure a proper alignment for healthy teeth. With surgery, though, the jawbone can be successfully adjusted, and adult patients can still achieve the attractive, well-aligned smile they’ve always wanted.