Though both are considered Orthodontics, Orthopedics is usually initiated earlier in an effort to assure more favorable facial growth and jaw structure. Different influences act upon the developing lower face almost from birth and it is important to try to and counteract these negative influences early and allow for more normal development. Well timed functional therapy can have an astounding influence on your child’s development often discouraging mouth breathing, poor sleep habits and a slow physical growth pattern. Functional orthopedics is usually therapy of short duration, may involve removable appliances and often makes more extensive therapy (braces) unnecessary.
Functional Orthopedics are a great way to help younger patients avoid many of the conditions that have plagued their parents, such as: poor sleep habits, T.M.J. pain, sleep apnea, small lower jaws (weak chin profile), protruded upper teeth (buck teeth) that my lead to poor self-image.
Orthodontics, more classically involves the use of braces that are bonded to the teeth. These braces allow us to control the teeth accurately so that we can fine tune their relationship to one another and create that beautiful smile. The end result must be preserved by using retainers. Dr. Kumar with your input will best decide if fixed or removable retainers are your best option. Why wait another day to take the first step toward straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile