Orthopedics is considered the first step along the path of orthodontics. Mainly focused on children whose teeth, jaw structure, and facial growth are still developing, orthopedics aim to straighten or align the teeth. Typically involving short-term therapies like retainers or other removable devices, orthopedics may actually preclude the need for future orthodontic treatment. Orthopedic treatments have proven to work in both cases of genetic and environmental malocclusion (crowded/crooked teeth) and can help children to avoid potentially damaging behaviors—like mouth breathing—before they become a habit or start to negatively affect other areas of your child’s life.
Should further treatment be necessary, you’ll move into the realm of orthodontics. Orthodontics works by gradually aligning the teeth using braces that have been bonded to the teeth. Different from orthopedics which are typically removable, orthodontics like braces may remain in place for months or years.
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Space maintainers help teeth grow normally following tooth loss or injuries. This device can help ensure there are proper space for permanent teeth to erupt.
If your child loses a baby tooth by decay or injury, his/her teeth could sift and fill the vacant spade. When your child's permanent teeth emerge, there is not enough room resulting in crooked teeth which affects chewing and speaking.