Dentofacial Orthodpedics

Dentofacial orthopedics is the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood.


What exactly is dentofacial orthopedics?

Orthodontists starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to a three-year residency program.

There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

One of the nine specialties is Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. You may know that an orthodontist straightens teeth, and indeed: 'ortho' comes from the Greek for 'straight' or 'correct', and 'dontic' from the Greek for 'teeth.'

Dentofacial is a combination of 'teeth' plus 'face', while "ortho" again means "straight" and "pedic" is from the Greek for "child."

It's the guidance of facial growth & development in children.

Essentially, while orthodontics deals with the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood.

In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present for dentofacial orthopedics.

Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but the two can be accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, they are undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!

We can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

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