Dental orthopedics; the other side of orthodontics
The word Orthodontics comes from the Greek ortho (rectum) and doncia (tooth).
It is the dental specialty responsible for the study, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of alterations in the shape, position and function of the teeth and bones that support them.
What is orthodontics good for?
Orthodontics treats any incorrect alignment of the teeth, as well as anomalies of the facial structure, following a treatment plan designed by the specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Orthodontic treatments are indicated to correct badly positioned teeth, recovering their harmony with lips, tongue and cheeks, their natural position, their aesthetics and their masticatory function. The specialist of your dental clinic in Valencia will tell you which is the most appropriate treatment for you.
And dentofacial orthopedics?
Orthodontics treats the control of tooth movement; However, dentofacial orthopedics takes into account the growth and facial development that occur mainly until adolescence. While for the treatment of orthodontics we need devices that generate dental movement (usually brackets), for dentofacial orthopedics, extraoral and functional devices designed to guide the facial growth of children are used, attending to the special anomalies of each case, achieving bone movements through the application of forces.
The American, European and Spanish Orthodontic Associations recommend the first visit to the specialist before the age of seven. In it, if necessary, you will be indicated the most appropriate time to start the treatment, detecting possible skeletal and dental malformations of the child that may affect its optimal growth.
At Pons Soria Dental Clinic, your dental clinic in Valencia knows that this early detection allows us to develop a better Treatment Plan, achieving a correct masticatory function with the best aesthetic, with no prolonged treatment and at the lowest possible cost.
Its main objective is to correct the dimensions of the jaws, any altered growth, improve the dental eruption, correct or eliminate dental crowding, atypical sucking or swallowing habits, facial asymmetries and preserve the space for permanent non-erupted teeth.
In general, the best time to start a dental orthopedic treatment is the last stage of mixed dentition or permanent start, since an early treatment prevents further malocclusion in permanent dentition before the end of growth, until 12 or 13 years in girls and up to 14 or 15 years in boys.
And if it is not?
When the alterations of maxillary growth are not corrected, the child may suffer functional problems, facial asymmetries, malocclusion, muscle and joint pain that can lead to treatments such as orthognathic surgery, prostheses, extractions, etc.
Transversal and vertical problems of lack of space for definitive teeth, cross bites, mandibular and upper jaw deficiencies and parafunctional habits such as suction or atypical swallowing can be corrected.
Being the majority of removable orthopedic devices, children can remove and put the devices on their own, so their collaboration is vital to achieve the success of the treatment.
Do you want the best orthodontic treatment? Ask for an appointment at your dentist in Valencia. It’s easy to make your first appointment online or through the phone. 96 3303344 or 96 0500242 or on our website www.clinicadentalponssoria.com and consult with your dentist in Valencia.
We will be happy to assist you in our clinics in Alfredo Torán and Olmos, 7 (corner Avda. Francia, 27) and Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, 37 – under right. Valencia.
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