- Author: Dr. Liliana Calkins
Craniofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, jaw positioning, and airway modification. When your jaw does not grow in an optimal proportion with the rest of the face, the imbalance affects the proper alignment of the lower teeth with the upper teeth and can negatively affect the way you sleep, smile, chew, speak and feel about your smile. And a bad bite can lead to bigger problems later in life.
Early intervention with Craniofacial orthopedics leads to improved treatment outcomes in facial harmony, airway openness and coordination of the bite by changing the shape, size and relationship of the bones in the jaw and face. Dr. Calkins has extensive knowledge of craniofacial growth—essential to successful treatment.
Craniofacial orthopedics treatment occurs in two phases. In phase one, treatment begins before all the adult teeth have erupted. During this phase, Dr. Calkins utilizes treatments designs to correct your child’s jaw growth in order to align the jaw bone properly. Once this is done, phase two can begin.
Phase two usually involves orthodontics to straighten the teeth.
Dr. Calkins is one of a limited number of dentist who are experience in the use of MRI imaging. Unlike x-rays, an MRI is radiation free and provides images of the bones AND surrounding soft tissue for a more precise diagnosis concerning proportional growth of bones and muscles.
Craniofacial orthopedics can also assist in pediatric sleep apnea management.