For some patients who struggle with wayward jaw growth and development, orthodontics is not enough to achieve a straight smile. In this case, Dr. Anisa Omar may recommend dentofacial orthopedics in Chantilly, Virginia. This process can normalize the growth of bone structure and address any imbalances between the face and jaws.
Dentofacial orthopedics is a special distinction among orthodontists who have completed two or three years of additional education in an orthodontic residency program. While orthodontics focuses on straightening the teeth, dentofacial orthopedics addresses disharmony between the teeth, face, and jaws. It is most often recommended for children between ages seven and eight, whose jaws are still developing, though there are surgical procedures available for adults.
We encourage you to bring your child to East Gate Orthodontics at a young age so that our orthodontist can monitor their jaw growth and determine when treatment would be most effective. Dentofacial orthopedics for children who do not have all their adult teeth is known as “phase one” treatment, and is designed to control and even prevent any developing issues.
We invite you to learn more about dentofacial orthopedics by contacting East Gate Orthodontics at 703-542-6336 and scheduling an appointment. Proactive treatment now can help you and your child enjoy healthier smiles in the future.