Orthodontists are the dental specialists in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Therefore, they are 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 development and guidance of facial bones to normalize the growth of structures in the face and jaws. Appliances such as Herbst, MARA, and Forsus as well as palatal expanders fit completely intraorally (inside the mouth), so you can say “sayonara” to neck straps and bulky bars forever!

Children are often ideal candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, as their jaws and bones 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 certain 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.

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