Functional Orthopedics & Orthodontics

Orthopedics & Orthodontics

To the lay person, the name maxillo-facial orthopedics can be very confusing.  In simple terms, it means changing the size, shape, and relationship of the bones of the face and jaws.  In most cases, this correction can be accomplished with functional removable orthopedic appliances as opposed to surgery.   For futher information on functional orthopedics, please visit

Orthodontics:  Most of us understand that the term orthodontics means the movement and correct alignment of the teeth.  This change in tooth position is usually best accomplished with fixed or permanent braces.  Unfortunately, removable orthopedic can make remarkable corrections in the patients bony problems, but they do not align the teeth well.  Conversely, fixed conventional braces can align the teeth quite nicely, but they have difficulty correcting bony problems.  It is for these reasons that Dr. Lewis may use a combination of both of these techniques to properly solve a problem.

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  • Thursday 7-3
  • Friday 8-12
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