Larson Orthodontics specializes in both orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. While most individuals are familiar with the term orthodontics, many are puzzled by the term dentofacial orthopedics. It doesn’t have to be confusing. Here, let us explain.
Every orthodontist begins his or her career in dental school. Some dental school graduates begin practicing dentistry right after graduation. Others choose a specialization, which necessitates extra education for a two to three years residency program. The American Dental Association recognizes nine specializations in dentistry. You’ve probably heard of pediatric dentistry (dental care for children), periodontics (gum care dentistry), and oral surgery.
One of the nine specializations is “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.” In essence, whereas orthodontics deals with tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics is concerned with the direction of facial growth and development, which happens mostly throughout childhood. Depending on what facial deformities are present, gadgets such as braces and other specialist appliances such as headgear and expanders are commonly employed. Orthopedic therapy may come before traditional braces, but they frequently go hand in hand.
Our doctor can identify any misalignments in the teeth and jaw, as well as the facial structure because he is trained in both fields. He can then develop a treatment plan that incorporates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic therapy.