If you’re currently viewing our site, it’s likely that you already know what an orthodontist does…but does the term “dentofacial orthopedics” ring a bell? For most, the answer will be “no.” Dentofacial orthopedics can be explained simply as the act of correcting a patient’s facial bones in order to eliminate dysfunction, defects, and general abnormalities that may negatively impact their oral health and overall wellbeing. After undergoing dentofacial orthopedics and traditional braces, smiles are typically stronger and more confident than if a patient had just worn braces alone.
Providing this type of specialty treatment requires years of additional training, and Dr. DeMaio is proud to have the experience and skills needed to share it with his patients here in Amherst, Northampton, and Greenfield, MA. To schedule a first appointment for yourself or your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
In most cases, children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedics. Why? Because their jawbones haven’t stopped forming yet, which means the tissue structure is still relatively soft and malleable compared to an adult’s jawbone. This means that our team at DeMaio Orthodontics will be capable of making adjustments through the use of customized oral appliances, such as palatal expanders.
Dentofacial orthopedics may be recommended as part of Phase One Pediatric Orthodontics, or we may determine that it will be more effective if paired with traditional braces. This decision will depend on a patient’s specific circumstances and the severity of their jaw-related abnormalities.
While dentofacial orthopedics may be recommended for adults as well, it’s important to keep in mind that this treatment process will almost certainly be much more extensive. This is because the jawbone has already completely hardened, which means that adjustments may only be possible through surgery. Dr. DeMaio can talk you through this potential course of treatment in a more in-depth manner during an initial consultation.