What exactly does this term mean?
When looking for orthodontists, a term you will often see is dentofacial orthopedics. While most people have at least a basic understanding of orthodontics, few have ever heard of this aspect of the specialty. Allow us to explain.
All orthodontists start out as dentists.
This is because the first step in becoming an orthodontist is going to dental school. Once dental school is completed, orthodontists then enter into a specialty program that takes between two and three years to complete. This specialty program is for orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics are closely related.
And this is why they are studied together. Orthodontics is about tooth movement while dentofacial orthopedics is about guiding facial growth and development. In most cases, quality orthodontic treatment requires focus on both aspects, so all orthodontists are also dentofacial orthopedics specialists.
And that means that when you see us, you get treatment for both. If you are ready to learn more about the right treatment for you, contact us today.