Full face orthodontics, also called epigenetic orthodontics, is an approach to straightening the teeth that takes the full face into account. Instead of simply using braces to force the teeth into new positions, full face orthodontics actually helps guide jaw growth to accommodate all of your teeth and create an ideal jaw position.
Full face orthodontics is ideal for patients with severely misaligned teeth and/or an underdeveloped jaw. If it has been recommended that you need tooth extractions or jaw surgery, epigenetic orthodontics may help you avoid such extreme measures. Call Medford dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your free consultation.
What Is Full Face Orthodontics?
Unlike traditional orthodontics, which focuses entirely on the teeth and often relies on extractions to make room in cases of extreme crowding, full face orthodontics takes a more comprehensive approach. A special appliance is used to help guide growth of the jaw so that all teeth can fit comfortably. In addition, the position of the jaw is carefully monitored and guided in order to prevent development of TMJ disorder, which can happen easily with Invisalign or traditional braces.
Each full face orthodontic treatment that Dr. Clancy performs is individually customized for your unique anatomy and circumstances. He will work closely with you in order to find the best plan that will result in not only a more attractive appearance, but better overall health.
Benefits of Full Face Orthodontics
Since full face orthodontics considers the face, jaw, and spine as a whole, it is able to not only straighten the teeth but also provide a host of other benefits, such as:
- Better posture
- Improved breathing
- Less risk of TMJ
- Expanded jaw
- Fuller and more youthful facial appearance
- No need for extractions or jaw surgery
In addition, if you suffer from sleep apnea, full face orthodontics may be able to help open your airway to prevent collapse at night. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can negatively impact your life, as lack of continuous deep sleep can lead to drowsiness, irritability, headaches, lack of concentration, depression, and other symptoms.
A CPAP machine is the typical treatment for sleep apnea, but these machines are loud and difficult to get used to. Full face orthodontics may be able to help treat or lessen the severity of your sleep apnea, and Dr. Clancy also provides custom sleep apnea appliances that are quiet and much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.
Are You A Candidate for Full Face Orthodontics?
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for full face orthodontics is to come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Clancy. Each patient is unique, and Dr. Clancy needs to be able to examine your teeth and jaw as well as ask questions about your oral habits and lifestyle in order to determine if you would benefit from this treatment.
In general, the best candidates for epigenetic orthodontic treatment are those who:
- Have underdeveloped jaws
- Have narrow arches
- Have moderate to severe crowding or misalignment of the teeth
- Want to avoid extractions and/or jaw surgery
- Suffer from TMJ or sleep apnea due to jaw misalignment or a narrow airway
If your teeth are only mildly crooked and you don't have any problems with crowding or jaw misalignment, you may be a better candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is a popular choice among adults because the clear aligners are practically invisible in the mouth, and treatment time is fairly short.
Schedule Your Full Face Orthodontics Consultation
If you are interested in not only straightening your teeth but also creating a healthier and stronger jaw less prone to issues such as TMJ, call Dr. Clancy today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation.
We serve patients in Medford, Malden, Cambridge, Somerville, and other nearby areas of greater Boston, MA.