Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dentofacial orthopedics is a branch of orthodontics that takes its roots from the Greek words dento, which means “teeth”; ortho, which means “straight”; and “pedics”, which stands for “child”.

Whereas orthodontic procedures are aimed at straightening teeth, dentofacial orthopedics uses special orthodontic appliances (headgear, expander, functional appliances) to align jaws and facial bones with the neighboring tissues in a growing child. Dentofacial orthopedics is done by an orthodontist, like who has been trained in it during his post-dental orthodontic specialty program.

Once the child has grown, his or her jaw position can only be altered surgically. Therefore, it is important to have your child evaluated by our orthodontist Dr. Yarmolyuk and treated early for potential problems arising from jaws misalignment in order to avoid surgical treatment (orthognathic surgery) in the future.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child gets his first orthodontic consultation by age of 7. This allows for early detection of severe orthodontic problems which are easier to treat while your child is still growing. If our orthodontist does not detect any problems that warrant early treatment, your child will be placed in our Kids Club and will be observed during regular 6-12 mo follow-up visits until he/she is ready for comprehensive orthodontic treatment.