You probably think you have a good understanding of what constitutes traditional braces. Wires, brackets and rubber bands, right? Do you know about epigenetic orthodontics? If not, you're not alone. Many people haven't heard of epigenetic orthodontics, but more people are finding out about this type of treatment and how it can benefit them. Legends Dental in Waco, Texas, offers patients epigenetic options for orthodontic treatment.

What Is Epigenetic Orthodontics?

Epigenetic orthodontics is a type of orthodontics that has the same goals as traditional orthodontics. But it works differently from wire braces and clear aligners that have become popular for straightening teeth. Instead of just focusing on getting your teeth straight, epigenetics works by using your genes to help stimulate the growth of the face and movement of the teeth.

Why Does My Face Need to Grow?

Many individuals are living with improperly formed upper or lower jaws, which were caused by interruptions during growth at a young age. Having a small upper jaw can lead to underbites, while having an undersized lower jaw can contribute to overbites. Crossbites are also a consequence of improperly formed jaws.

Improperly formed jaws can lead to bite issues, tooth damage, jaw disorders like temporomandibular joint disorder and sleep conditions such as sleep apnea.

How Does Epigenetics Help?

Epigenetic orthodontic treatment uses appliances to stimulate your DNA to overcome jaw malformation. These devices do not push your teeth into different positions; instead, they spur growth and new tissue to form, which helps correct jaw malformation and address midface deficiency and other craniofacial issues.

What Are the Benefits?

The benefits of epigenetic orthodontics include:

Appliances are removable. Unlike traditional braces, epigenetic devices are typically removable or are only worn at night.

Easier for oral hygiene. Keeping your mouth healthy with epigenetic orthodontics is much easier than trying to brush and floss around wires and brackets.

It doesn't require surgery. In the past, treating jaw malformation required jaw surgery, which is painful and requires a long recovery process.

Change in appearance. As epigenetic orthodontics addresses midface issues, many people find their treatment yields benefits beyond the mouth by giving them a face-lift without surgery!

Improved airway. With changes to the upper and lower jaw, many patients find that their breathing gets better. This is especially important for individuals living with sleep apnea or other sleep-breathing disorders.

Want to learn more about epigenetic orthodontics and how Legends Dental can help you? Give us a call at (254) 294-4040 to schedule a consultation.

Covid-19

A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.