A palatal expander is a wire device that is fitted into the roof of your mouth and gently forces the upper jaw to widen. You will use a small key each night to widen the expander and over time your teeth will have enough room to fall into their intended spaces.
Some patients may be wary of this treatment as it might be intimidating to think of a personally-controlled mechanism correcting their teeth, but the process is effective and cheaper than a surgical procedure.
The most complex treatment option to correct a misaligned jaw is to undergo orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery is the most invasive of the treatment options and is only used in the most severe cases of jaw misalignment. If your jaw misalignment causes issues such as difficulty speaking, breathing, swallowing you might be a candidate for orthognathic surgery.
If you and your orthodontist decide that orthognathic surgery is the best treatment option for a misaligned jaw, you may have to begin with some orthodontic treatment to prepare your jaw for the surgery. There are a few types of orthognathic surgery and your orthodontist will discuss which one is the best option for you.
Jaw Realignment and Reposition In Fort Worth
If you have been struggling with pain or frustration due to a misaligned jaw, no matter how severe or mild your case, it is not too late to seek treatment to correct the issue. Ahava Orthodontics in Fort Worth has been providing patients relief from jaw pain and tension and helping them find the confidence they desire in their smile and we can do the same for you! Contact our office at 817-926-9777 to make an appointment today.