About Dentofacial Orthopedics
We often think that orthodontics is just for getting our teeth straight, but it is actually much more than that. Dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. Appliances that are frequently used — the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders, depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may begin before conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time.
So if your child gets braces and headgear, he’s actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. There are also other appliances that we use that aid in encouraging lower jaw growth to occur in a growing patient. Essentially, we place a high importance on not only straightening you or your child’s teeth, but we also want to help them achieve an optimal bite, and facial esthetics.