To most people, the term ‘maxillo–facial orthopaedics’ can be confusing. In simple terms, it means modifying the size, shape and relationship of the bones of the face and jaw, which also reduces the need for extracting teeth.
Normal orthodontics are aimed at moving teeth without any movement of the bone, thus often resulting in the need for extractions before treatment is started.
In most cases, correction can be accomplished with functional jaw orthopaedics, also known as FJO or functional orthodontics. By starting treatment early in life, we can work with nature to guide the teeth into the correct position. If not treated, this can cause overcrowding and crookedness of the teeth.
It can be noticeable whether treatment is suitable from facial profile and asymmetry. Misalignment of the bite can lead to disproportionate features or lack of facial harmony. This can be avoided if the development of the bite is guided with functional jaw orthopaedics.
Orthopaedic orthodontic treatment usually starts at a younger age than conventional orthodontics, helping the jaws develop to provide the space for your teeth to help keep teeth and gums in optimum health.