You may have noticed that Dr. Mehdy, Dr. Dave, and Dr. Mostowfi specialize in “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title.
This is a specialty that requires additional schooling through a two- to three-year residency program after dental school. Nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association including orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and oral surgery, among others.
Essentially, while orthodontics focuses on the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics addresses the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. Dentofacial orthopedics frequently uses braces and other specialized appliances such as headgear and expanders, depending on the facial realignment required.
Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he or she is undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
With this specialized training, the specialists at Rad Orthodontists are able to diagnose misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as in the facial structure, and they can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.