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Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that Dr. Kim specializes in “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the “Dentofacial Orthopedics” part of the title. We can explain!

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

One of the nine specialties is “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” You probably know that an orthodontist straightens teeth, and indeed: “ortho” comes from the Greek for “straight” or “correct,” and “dontic” from the Greek for “teeth.” But what about Dentofacial Orthopedics? “Dentofacial” is “teeth” plus “face” while “ortho” again means “straight” and “pedic” is from the Greek for “child.”

Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, Dentofacial Orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he’s undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!

Because Dr. Kim is skilled in both areas, he is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic Treatments.

 

Brian J. Kim, DDS, MSD, provides quality orthodontics for children, teens, and adults in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Northridge, and Santa Clarita CA (California). Dr. Brian Kim specializes in orthodontics, offering Invisalign® and Damon® System. Contact Brian J. Kim, DDS, MSD, to schedule your orthodontic consultation

     
Granada Hills Office- 10515 Balboa Blvd., Ste 280, Granada Hills, CA 91344 - Santa Clarita Office- 18580 Via Princessa Ste. #3, Santa Clarita, CA 91387