What is Dentofacial Orthopedics?
Dentofacial orthopedics is a type of orthodontic treatment focused on the control and modification of facial growth. Dentofacial orthopedic treatment works to normalize the growth of bone structure and repair the related imbalances of the face and jaws.
Dentofacial orthopedics for children often involves two phases of treatment, the first of which begins at about age seven. During Phase 1 orthodontic treatment, Dr. Scheer will use appliances designed to correct jaw growth and ensure proper jaw alignment. In Phase 2 treatment, braces or other appliances like Invisalign® Teen are used to straighten misaligned teeth.
Who is a Candidate for Dentofacial Orthopedics?
Children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, as their bones and jaws are still growing and can be more easily guided into their proper positions.
While dentofacial orthopedics can also benefit adults, the treatment process may involve surgery. The bones in an adult have long since stopped growing and have hardened, making it more difficult to adjust the bite. Surgical orthodontics, where corrective jaw surgery is combined with braces or Invisalign®, may be the best course of action.
A certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics like Dr. Scheer can determine if dentofacial orthopedics is right for you or your child. Schedule a complimentary consultation at our Thornton, Colorado orthodontics office to get started!