While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the "dentofacial orthopedics" part of our Doctors' titles.
Every orthodontist starts out in dental school, and some immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to three-year residency program.
Nine specialties are sanctioned by the American Dental Association.
“Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” is one of the nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association, in addition to endodontics, dperiodontics, pediatric dentistry, etc. While orthodontics is widely recognized as the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood and is often corrected using appliances.
Sometimes orthopedic treatment may come before conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear or an appliance, he or she is actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Being skilled in both areas, our doctors are able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.