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Dentofacial Orthopedics

Our doctor’s specialty is “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics,” as you may have observed. While most individuals are familiar with the term orthodontics, many are perplexed by the term dentofacial orthopedics.

Every orthodontist begins his or her career in dentistry school. Some dental school graduates begin practicing dentistry right after graduation. Others choose to go for a specialization, which requires extra education throughout a two- to a three-year residency program. The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties.

One of the nine specializations is “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.” In essence, whereas orthodontics deals with tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics is concerned with the direction of facial growth and development, which happens mostly throughout childhood. Depending on what facial deformities are present, appliances such as braces and other specialist appliances including headgear and expanders are commonly employed. Orthopedic therapy may come before traditional braces, although they are often used together. If your kid wears braces and wears a helmet, he or she is receiving orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Our doctor can identify any misalignments in the teeth and jaw, as well as the face structure since he is trained in both fields. He can then develop a treatment plan that incorporates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic therapy.