Jaw-growth discrepancy is treated by the process of dentofacial orthopedics. The following are common orthopedic appliances utilized to correct jaw discrepancies:
Palatal Expansion Appliance: If a child’s upper jaw is too narrow for the upper teeth to fit properly with the lower, a palatal expansion appliance is used to expand the width of the upper jaw. The device can be attached to the upper back teeth.
Herbst: The herbst appliance can be utilized to help correct severe protrusion of the upper teeth. It holds the lower jaw forward, thus affecting jaw growth and tooth positions. It is generally attached to the upper and lower molar teeth.
Dr. Hansen will determine which appliance is suitable for treating each patient’s condition. Generally, one or several appliances can be utilized to successfully treat the patient’s condition. Patient compliance is essential to ensure optimal results are achieved.