Dentofacial Orthopedics in Lexington, KY

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What Is dentofacial orthopedics?

At Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign, Dr. Durbin specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This is a very specific area of dentistry that focuses on guiding the growth and development of facial structures such as the jaw and teeth. This particular development pertains to children as young as six or seven. Early intervention ensures the long-term health of your child's teeth, jaw, and gums. Our practice believes that early detection is key, as it will help minimize the need for tooth extraction, improve teeth alignment, decrease the chance of a "bad bite", and provide overall better dental symmetry. With treatments such as oral appliances like palatal expanders, Herbst, spacers, and Forsus, your child will be given the best chance at having a beautifully healthy smile. Unlike many other orthodontic practices, we perform orthopedic jaw corrections and apply oral appliances (often using Invisalign) at the same time. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Am I a Candidate for Dentofacial Orthopedics?

Dentofacial orthopedics is a way to guide the bones into proper growth before malocclusion becomes a dental concern. There may be a noticeable imbalance in the way the jaw or teeth are positioned in the mouth at the young age of 6 – 7. These conditions can cause difficulty chewing, mouth breathing, speech impediments, protruding teeth, and much more. Because the facial bones are still growing, children are excellent candidates for treatments in dentofacial orthopedics so that the jaw can be shaped and aligned before it becomes a bigger problem to correct. 

How Does Dentofacial Orthopedics Work?

After a complete assessment of your child's facial abnormalities and misalignments in the teeth and jaw, our orthodontists will design a customized treatment plan. Depending on your child's needs, their treatment may or may not include an orthodontic appliance. We offer a variety of appliances and if this is a requirement of your child's treatment, we can review all the options to determine which one is ideal. Our team will also educate you and your child on how to properly care for the appliance and answer any questions you may have regarding their treatment. 

What Results Can I Expect From dentofacial orthopedics?

Once your child has their treatment plan, follow-up appointments will be scheduled to examine your child's progress with a record of their bone movement and teeth alignment. These appointments also allow us to make adjustments to the appliance and ensure it's fitting properly. If the appliance is lost or not functioning properly, please call our office to schedule an appointment. 

Dentofacial Orthopedics FAQ

What appliances are used in dentofacial orthopedics?

There are a number of appliances we may use in order to improve the structure of the teeth and/or jaw. These could include palate expanders, lower jaw expanders, activators, blocks, or orthopedic headgear. During your consultation, we'll have a better idea as to which appliance could be the most helpful for you.

Can dentofacial orthopedics be used for adults?

Yes. Though adults won't have the same number of available treatments options as children do, there are still solutions that can be used to correct a misaligned jaw or teeth even in adulthood.

How much do dentofacial orthopedics cost?

The price of dentofacial orthopedics will be different for each patient based on the severity of their misalignment, as well as the form of treatment chosen. After we've created your custom treatment plan, we'll be able to provide a cost estimate for the corrections.

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Dr. Durbin is trained in diagnosing, guiding, correcting, and treating dentofacial structures. We want to help you and your family minimize future dental problems through personal orthodontic care. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our team, so we can help create dazzling smiles for your family. You can reach us at any of the following locations: Lexington, Georgetown, Winchester, Mount Sterling, Owingsville, Richmond, and Nicholasville,.

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