Dentofacial Orthopedics – Part I
What Is It And How Does It Differ From Traditional Orthodontics?
Many people think of orthodontics as simply the practice of having their teeth straightened with braces. But, did you know that this field of dentistry includes dentofacial orthopedics, which concentrates on improving the position and dimensions of your facial bones and jaw?
While orthodontics focuses on straightening your teeth and ensuring they are properly aligned, dentofacial orthopedic treatment focuses on the alignment of the bones that support and house your teeth.
About This Orthodontic Specialty
As children grow older, both the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) will continue to grow in three dimensions, determining the final positioning of the facial structure. The jaw will typically stop growing between the ages of 14 and 16 in women and between 17 and 21 in men, so it is always best to address any misalignment issues before adolescence if possible. .
In some children, the upper and lower jaws will grow at different rates and sizes, which will ultimately cause alignment issues with their teeth. Underbites, overbites, and other bite problems can also be caused by extensive thumb sucking and breathing difficulties.
As a specialist in orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, and orthodontic surgery in Staten Island, New York, Dr. AlJanabi provides his patients with the exceptional care they need and deserve.
Dentofacial Orthopedics Appliances
If your child has problems with their bite and/or alignment, and require intervention, an orthodontics specialist can use various appliances to change the rate, direction, or amount of jaw growth. Some of the more common appliances used are:
- Palate Expander
- Lower Jaw Expander
- Orthodontic Headgear
Regardless of the individual alignment and development needs of your child, you can feel confident in the various orthopedic treatment options offered by Dr. AlJanabi and his knowledgeable staff
Visit an Experienced Orthodontist in Staten Island, NY
If you would like more information or to find out if you or your child need orthodontic or dentofacial orthopedic treatment, book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Mohamed AlJanabi today.
Stay tuned for Part II to read more facts and detailed information about the various treatment options available for dentofacial orthopedic treatment for children.