Our expert specializes in “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.” Many individuals are unfamiliar with dentofacial orthopedics, a branch of orthodontics.
Dental school is the starting point for an orthodontist. Some dental school graduates begin working as dentists shortly after graduation. Others choose to specialize, which requires a two- or three-year residency program. The American Dental Association distinguishes nine dental specialties. Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums) and oral surgery are two more dental disciplines you may be familiar with.
“Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics” is one of nine specializations. As opposed to orthodontics, which is primarily the duty of adults, dentofacial orthopedics concentrates on assisting children with their facial development. Depending on the severity of the patient’s facial abnormalities, orthodontic braces, as well as other specialized devices such as headgear and expanders, are commonly utilized. Orthopedic treatment may be performed initially, although regular braces are often used in combination with it. By wearing braces and headgear, your child is getting orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Because our doctor is trained in both orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, he can evaluate any issues with the teeth, jaw, or facial structure and devise a treatment plan that incorporates both.