You already know what it means to be an orthodontist, but what about specializing in dentofacial orthopedics? Specializing in dentofacial orthopedics is a special distinction earned by orthodontists who have received their orthodontic specialization in dental school, and have completed an accredited orthodontic residency program.
Dentofacial orthopedics is the process of normalizing the growth of a patient’s bone structure and repairing any imbalances of the face and jaws. This process often begins when the patient is around seven or eight years old as is meant to be employed when the bones are much more moldable while the kids are younger.
Dentofacial orthopedics for children
Beginning at a young age, Dr. Tamburrino and Dr. Shah will examine and monitor your child’s growth to determine when treatment starting treatment will be most effective. If your child begins orthodontic treatment before all adult teeth have erupted, the goal is to normalize the foundation of the jaws to aid eruption of the teeth or modify the growth pattern of the bones.
After this is brief period is completed (which often is less than a year), we will continue to evaluate your child at routine intervals until they are ready for a full set of braces. At this point, the treatment for braces often goes faster and allows for a better result because the teeth are being moved on the proper foundation.
Think of it this way....like building a house, we need a solid foundation before we can make it look attractive and last for a long time. So, if indicated, dentofacial orthopedics allows us set up the bones first, then work with the teeth later.