What is dentofacial orthopedics? It’s used to normalize the growth of a patient’s bone structure—especially a child’s—and to then repair any imbalances that are in the face or jaws.
Most often, this treatment involves a two-phase procedure that starts around time a child is seven or eight.
Dentofacial orthopedics for children
Children are considered to be the most likely candidates for this type of treatment, and your orthodontist can examine your child to let you know when and if dentofacial orthopedics is needed. In children, this is a two-phase treatment that will correct jaw growth and shape to let permanent teeth erupt. After a period of growth, it’s followed by phase two, where braces are used to straighten and position teeth.
Dentofacial orthopedics for adults
Adults can also use this treatment, but it could involve surgery since it’s more difficult to stimulate and control bone growth in an adult, when the bones have already hardened.
Adults may need to have surgery first to adjust the jawbone and proper bite alignment, and then may use braces. Both children and adults can benefit from this treatment.
If you have questions about dentofacial orthopedics for you or your child, give our office a call today so that we can schedule a consultation.