Traditional orthodontics is best known for wire-and-bracket braces – and, more recently, Invisalign clear aligners. Thus, one of the main goals of orthodontics in Woburn and Winchester, MA, is to improve your smile’s appearance. Although orthodontics may be popular for cosmetic purposes, traditional orthodontics also serves other important oral health purposes.
Orthodontics in Woburn and Winchester, Massachusetts, involves the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jawbone, such as misalignment and dental occlusion – better known as your bite. If your bite is incorrect, it can cause issues with your teeth and jaw. Orthodontics improves oral health by ensuring a functional, healthy bite.
Traditional orthodontics does not deal with the other parts of the face, only your teeth and the roots of your teeth. This type of Woburn and Winchester, MA, orthodontics focuses on making your teeth as healthy as possible, whereas epigenetic orthodontics focuses on multiple parts of your face.
Epigenetic orthodontics, also called full-face orthodontics, is an approach to straightening the teeth that takes the full face into account. Instead of using braces to force the teeth into new positions, epigenetic orthodontics helps guide jaw growth to accommodate all your teeth and create an ideal jaw position.
Unlike traditional orthodontics, which focuses entirely on the teeth and often relies on extractions to make room in cases of extreme crowding, epigenetic orthodontics takes a more comprehensive approach.
A special appliance is used to help guide the growth of the jaw so that all teeth can fit comfortably. In addition, the position of the jaw is carefully monitored and guided to prevent the development of TMJ disorder, which can happen easily with traditional orthodontic treatments in Woburn, MA, like Invisalign or traditional braces.
Dr. Clancy’s epigenetic orthodontic treatment is individually customized for your unique anatomy and circumstances. He will work closely with you to find the best plan for a more attractive appearance and overall health.