Dentofacial Orthopedics is therapy that focuses on guiding facial growth and development of children while also aligning the teeth. During this treatment process the growth pattern of a patient’s bone structure is corrected and normalized while also correcting any disproportionate areas of the face and/or jaws. This type of treatment typically requires two-phases and often begins while patients still have the majority of their baby teeth. Addressing skeletal discrepancies while a child is growing can decrease the likelihood of needing surgery later on in adulthood.
Children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedic therapy because modifying bone structures is much simpler during growth. This is one of the main reasons why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing an orthodontist at around age seven. At a young age, we can better monitor your child’s growth and development.
Phase I treatment is the first phase of treatment that occurs while your child still has most of their baby teeth. During Phase I your child’s orthodontist can correct unfavorable jaw growth patterns and ensure that their jawbones are proportional prior to beginning the second phase of treatment, which normally involves braces to straighten and align their teeth.