We all know that orthodontics is the field of dentistry related to teeth and jaw alignment. Common orthodontic treatments such as the use of dental braces, removable dental aligners, and retainers for maintenance offer solution to crooked, overcrowded teeth, as well as bite issues and problems. But have you heard of full face orthodontics? What is it? How is it different from the usual orthodontic treatments that we know?
Full face orthodontics: The definition
Epigenetic orthodontics, the scientific term for full face orthodontics, is another dynamic innovation that orthodontic experts and practitioners came up with to solve misalignment of teeth and jaws. It is the process of natural restructuring of the jaw to accommodate the correct positioning of the teeth, thus, straightening its alignment without invasive procedures and even surgery.
Full face orthodontics: How does it work?
Full face orthodontics uses what is called orthodontic/orthopaedic/pneumopaedic DNA appliance, worn at night like regular dental retainers. This appliance stimulates various genes that control tooth position and jawbone structure. Scientists consider this growing trend a solution for misaligned teeth because they believe that if you have well-developed jaws that can accommodate the shape and size of your teeth growth adequately, then no issues with malocclusion or teeth misalignment will come up.
In using the DNA appliance, this orthodontic device places a specific amount of pressure on a certain part on the palate a few millimetres behind your incisors or front teeth. This controlled pressure is said to stimulate cell growth of the upper dental arch that then creates a thick, well-developed bone structure. When it reaches the appropriate healthy jawbone growth, the dental experts initiate another phase of the treatment that brings the back teeth forward to position near the newly-developed bone. No need for tooth extractions of the first molar or the premolars since adequate gum and bone space for the straightening of your teeth is already provided.
Full face orthodontics: Why should I choose this over other orthodontic procedures?
Orthodontists use braces and removable dental aligners such as Invisalign or Clear Correct to address teeth misalignment without solving underdeveloped jaws. Scientists who continue to develop epigenetic orthodontics believe that focusing on teeth straightening alone can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A TMJ disorder can be a side effect of teeth straightening that may lead to headaches, symptoms like lockjaw, or ear and neck pain.
Orthodontists who offer full face orthodontics attest that correcting underdeveloped jaws first by stimulating the proper growth of the bone can effectively address the alignment of the teeth as well.
Full face orthodontics: Its additional benefits
Orthodontists who practice epigenetic orthodontics claim that not only it affects teeth alignment without tooth extraction, but it also benefits your appearance and different medical issues including breathing and sleep disorders. Full face orthodontics provides a new facial profile for the patient. It forms the jaws, allowing your face to develop a new contour and achieve a better-looking smile through your straightened teeth.
As mentioned above, TMJ disorders are also treated using the epigenetic orthodontics procedure. Furthermore, studies show that correcting your jaw and teeth alignment affects sleep apnoea, a medical disorder characterised by interruption of breathing during sleep. Epigenetic orthodontics alleviates symptoms of sleep apnoea as it corrects the obstruction brought about by malocclusion.