Dentofacial Orthopedics

That our doctor does “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics” might have caught your eye. When someone talks about “dentofacial orthopedics,” they don’t understand what it means. Orthodontics is a term that most people know.

Becoming a dentist requires a lot of effort. Some dental school graduates start practicing as dentists shortly after graduation. Others wish to specialize, which requires a two- or three-year residency program. The American Dental Association has authorized nine dental specialties. You may be familiar with pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and oral surgery, but you may not be aware of the many other dental specialties.

“Dentofacial orthopedics” is one of the nine specialties. Dentofacial orthopedics, as opposed to orthodontics, which regulates tooth movement, focuses on the growth and development of the face, mostly throughout infancy. Braces and other orthodontic equipment, such as headgear and palatal expanders, are often used in the treatment of facial abnormalities. However, conventional braces and orthodontic treatment are often used in tandem. Your child is having orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatment while wearing braces. Dr. Nadeau is skilled in both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatment.

Being skilled in both areas, our doctor is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.