Once they have finished dental school, a dentist can continue their education by studying any of nine separate dental specialties. One such specialty is dentofacial orthopedics, which mainly involves facial development and bone growth as it pertains to the alignment of your teeth and the overall shape of your jaw.
Our orthodontists may recommend dentofacial orthodontics to help your child’s jaw grow and develop correctly. This type of treatment is designed to control and modify facial growth and imbalances to create better oral function, as well as a more aesthetic appearance.
Children are usually the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedics. This is due to the fact that their bones are still growing and developing, making it much easier for our orthodontists to guide their jawbones into the ideal positions. This type of treatment is usually provided as Phase 1 of two-phase treatment, following the child’s initial orthodontic screening. This early treatment corrects jaw growth and ensures proper alignment, which in turn prevents TMJ problems and airway disorders in the future. The later phase of treatment may involve braces or another orthodontic treatment to correct tooth alignment.
Adults are also candidates for dentofacial orthopedics. However, because their bones have hardened and stopped developing, the treatment options may be slightly different. Adults who receive this type of treatment may require jaw surgery to correct their jaw alignment and bite before they can straighten their teeth.
Our team offers complete dentofacial orthopedics. Using our years of individual and collective experience, we can diagnose misalignments of your teeth or jaw and abnormalities in the facial bone structure. This information allows us to create and carry out an individualized treatment plan that uses principles of both orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
If you have any questions about dentofacial orthopedics in Burke and Fairfax, Virginia, or if you want to make an appointment with Dr. Sherif Elhady, contact Trü Orthodontics at 703-440-0100.