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Dentofacial Orthopedics

You probably already know that orthodontists straighten teeth, but what is dentofacial orthopedic therapy? These therapies address skeletal imbalances of the face and jaws. Normalizing a child’s jaw growth is the purpose of first phase dentofacial orthopedic treatments. After the jaws are aligned in phase one of treatment; phase two often follows which is orthodontic treatment to correct the “tooth” aspects of dental malocclusion or crooked teeth.

Dentofacial orthopedics is what sets an orthodontic specialist apart from other practitioners in the dental field. Upon completion of dental school a few dentists choose to specialize in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. To have the credentials of a specialist, these dentists must complete a 2 to 3 year residency. After residency, an orthodontist’s entire practice is focused on orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic therapies.

With recently developed appliance therapies, many skeletal imbalances that could only be treated through surgery in the past can now be treated early through Dentofacial orthopedics.