Dentofacial orthopedics is a type of orthodontic treatment focused on the control and modification of facial growth. Dentofacial orthopedic treatment works to normalize the growth of bone structure and repair the related imbalances of the face and jaws.
Children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, as their bones and jaws are still growing and can be more easily guided into their proper positions. Dentofacial orthopedics for children often involves two phases of treatment, the first of which begins at about age 7. During this stage, our orthodontist will use treatments designed to correct jaw growth and ensure proper jaw alignment. In the second stage of treatment, braces or other treatments are used to straighten misaligned teeth.
Dentofacial orthopedics can also benefit adults, but your treatment process may involve surgery. The bones in an adult have long since stopped growing and hardened, making it more difficult to adjust your bite and straighten your teeth. Jaw surgery may be required in order to achieve a proper jaw alignment and bite before you can straighten your teeth.
Please call our office today to schedule your consultation with our experienced orthodontist and learn if dentofacial orthopedics is right for you!