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In dentistry this is another branch of orthodontics, but as it relates to your jaw. It is called Dentofacial Orthopedics. It is responsible for correcting your jaw alignment which in turn affects your bite and teeth alignment. If you have underbite, overbite, or crossbite, orthopedics could be a solution for you. It is easiest to fix these problems before puberty hits as the jaw bones have not yet fused together, however these issues can also be fixed in adults, though surgery may be required. A properly aligned jaw is important for speaking, breathing and chewing.

If you are suffering from symptoms related to Jaw misalignment including:

– Overbite (upper teeth close over lower teeth with a gap)
– Underbite (lower teeth close over upper teeth with a gap)
– Openbite (upper teeth do not meet lower teeth creating a gap)
– Crossbite (upper jaw is narrower than lower jaw)
– Difficulty swallowing, biting, or chewing food
– Protruding jaw (lower jaw is too far forward)
– Receding lower jaw (lower jaw is too far back)
– Sleep apnea (breathing problems while sleeping)
– Difficulty making lips meet
– Unbalanced facial expressions, etc.

schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Ortola today and see if Orthopedics could be a viable solution for you.

There is no need for you to live in pain or be radically inconvenienced by your jaw alignment. Alignment also affects tooth growth and positioning. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and increase your risk of cavities, infected roots, and necessary reconstructive tooth procedures, like crowns and bridges. Straight jaws lead to straight teeth, lead to lowered risk of bacteria growth (given appropriate dental hygiene), which in turn leads to a happier you, which leads to more smiling, which leads to dopamine being released in your brain, which leads to a healthier, more relaxed life. Sounds good.

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