What are Dentofacial Orthopedics?
Dentofacial Orthopedics, at Dr. Ries, involves adjusting the growth of the jaw bone formation to realign the configuration of the face and jaw. This type of procedure is generally completed in several phases between the ages of 7 and 8. By making sure the jaw grows correctly, it eliminates the need for more serious orthodontic treatments later in life.
When done early in someone’s life, Dentofacial orthopedic treatment is generally less severe. Younger children should be examined and monitored to see if they require this sort of treatment. Dentofacial Orthopedic treatment can help an orthodontist to quickly treat a patient and stimulate appropriate jaw growth. The second stage if this treatment involves using orthodontics appliances to straighten teeth.
Dentofacial Orthopedics can be applied to treating adults as well. Treatment for adults may involve surgeries to reset jaw bones, rather than minor adjustments for younger patients. Since children’s teeth and jaw bones are still forming, it is easier for Dr. Ries to make adjustments to make sure the jawlines and teeth are growing in correctly. However, jaw bones are already set and teeth have already grown in adults. Surgery maybe be needed to adjust the alignment of the jaw before orthodontics appliances can be used. These two-phase treatments make sure adults receive the smile they have always wanted.