Dentofacial Orthopedics in Greensboro, NC
Irvin Orthodontics serves the dentofacial orthopedics needs of local residents of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, NC.
What is Dentofacial Orthopedics?
Dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In cases requiring dentofacial orthopedics, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child needs braces and headgear, he’s undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Benefits of Dentofacial Orthopedics
Specializing in dentofacial orthopedics is a special distinction earned by orthodontists, such as Dr. Irvin, who have received their orthodontic specialization in dental school, and have completed a two to three-year 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 involves a two-phase treatment and often begins when the patient is around seven or eight years old.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for Children
Children are often the best candidates for receiving dentofacial orthopedic therapy. Beginning at a young age, Dr. Irvin will examine and monitor your child’s growth to determine when starting treatment will be most effective. If your child begins orthodontic treatment before all adult teeth have erupted, it is known as a phase-one treatment. During phase-one treatment, Dr. Irvin will use treatments designed to correct your child’s jaw growth and make sure that the jaw bone is properly aligned before beginning the second phase of treatment, which usually involves braces to straighten the teeth.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for Adults
Dentofacial orthopedics is also used to treat adults; however, this process may involve surgery. In children, the jaw bones are still forming and have not completely hardened, making it easier for orthodontists to control bone growth and tooth movement. Adults, however, are no longer growing, and their jaw bones have hardened making it more of a challenge to adjust the bite and move teeth into proper alignment if the facial bones are misaligned. Surgery may be used to adjust the jaw bone and establish the proper bite alignment before beginning a braces treatment. With dentofacial orthopedics, even adults can still achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
What is the Cost of Dentofacial Orthopedics?
Our practice will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate dentofacial orthopedic treatment possible and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us. Your cost for dentofacial orthopedics will vary based on your specific needs, but we offer convenient financing options via CareCredit® to make dentofacial orthopedics treatment available to all of our patients.
To learn more about dentofacial orthopedics, and to find out if this type of treatment is right for you, please contact Irvin Orthodontics, serving the local residents of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, NC.