Orthodontists are specialists in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Therefore, they are the experts in aligning teeth and play a role in changing the shape of the face and jaws. While orthodontics involves tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics entails the guidance and development of facial bones to normalize the growth of structures in the face and jaws. Appliances such as MARA, Herbst, and Forsus as well as palatal expanders fit completely intraorally (inside the mouth), so you can say goodbye to bulky bars and neck straps forever!
Children are typically ideal candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, as their bones and jaws are still growing and can be more easily directed into their proper positions. Dentofacial orthopedics for children may involve two phases of treatment, the first of which typically taking place between the ages of 7 and 11. In early (Phase I) treatment, our orthodontists use treatments designed to modify bone growth for improved jaw alignment, guide tooth eruption, and correct specific types of bite issues. During Phase II, full treatment focuses on straightening the teeth, bite alignment, and aesthetics to attain a result where the teeth are in harmony with the face.
Dentofacial orthopedics can also benefit adults. However, since most bone growth has ended, the treatment may involve orthognathic (jaw) surgery for proper jaw alignment.
Call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation to learn if you or your child may benefit from dentofacial orthopedics.