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Maxillary protraction is an oral development treatment that uses headgear to guide the growth of a child’s upper jaw, or maxilla, resulting in improved facial aesthetics and functional benefits. This treatment approach is often recommended for children who exhibit an underdeveloped upper jaw – a condition known as maxillary retrusion or underbite. By using a facemask appliance called reverse-pull face crib or headgear, gentle forward force is applied to the upper jaw, stimulating its growth, and creating more space for the developing permanent teeth.
Early Intervention with maxillary protraction is typically recommended during a child’s growing years often around the ages of 6 to 10. This is when the bones are most malleable, making it the optimal time for early intervention.
“We prescribe timely treatment with headgear to address existing skeletal discrepancies, guide facial growth, and enhance overall facial harmony,” said Dr. Sara Viernes-Chisler, DDS, MS and owner of Detail Dental Kids. “By intervening early, we can create a solid foundation for a child’s dental and facial development, potentially reducing the need for more extensive and invasive treatments later in life.”
Facial Aesthetics & Function
The impact of maxillary protraction extends beyond the alignment of the upper jaw. By promoting the forward growth of the maxilla, treatment helps create a balanced facial profile, improving and enhancing the child’s natural facial aesthetics. Additionally, maxillary protraction can lead to a more harmonious relationship between the upper and lower jaws, optimizing the child’s bite and overall oral function.
“Maxillary protraction is a transformative treatment that lays a strong foundation for our young patients’ oral and facial development,” said Dr. Sara. “By guiding the growth of the upper jaw, this approach can greatly improve airway health from an early age. By prioritizing airway function, we are setting the stage for a lifetime of improved breathing and overall well-being.”
What to Expect During Treatment
Parents often have questions about what wearing headgear entails for their child. Rest assured, your highly skilled professional team here at Detail Dental Kids will work to ensure the treatment process is as comfortable and positively reinforced as possible. Your child’s headgear will be custom-made to fit their face comfortably, and the lightweight design will allow for easy wear. Most often, children continue their normal daily activities while wearing headgear, and it is typically removed during meals and sleep.
Monitoring Progress & Follow-Up Care
Throughout the maxillary protraction treatment, the experienced team at Detail Dental Kids will closely monitor your child’s progress, making necessary adjustments as needed to achieve the desired outcome. After completing the treatment, regular follow-up visits, monitoring and continued care are essential to maintaining the results and supporting the child’s ongoing oral health.
“Maxillary protraction with headgear is a remarkable development technique that allows us to help children to achieve the best version of their smile, ideal respiratory function and overall oral wellness,” said Dr. Sara. “At Detail Dental Kids, we believe in the transformative power of early intervention and the positive impact it has on a child’s facial development and well-being.”