Dentofacial Orthopedics

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While the focus of orthodontic treatment is to correct malocclusions or bad bites, dentofacial orthopedics involves the use of removable functional appliances, such as headgear, to guide facial growth and development.

If jawbone structures are developing too small, resulting in crowding or the lower jaw is underdeveloped, causing an overbite, appropriate wear of functional orthopedic appliances can greatly improve the alignment of jaw structures, to create a balanced facial profile, without the removal of permanent teeth.

In some cases, orthopedic treatment is initiated before braces are placed. However, often orthodontic and orthopedic treatment occurs at the same time. Generally dentofacial orthopedic treatment, if necessary begins at age 10, and typically lasts from six months to a year.

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed a residency program accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years focusing on tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).

Dr. Robinson has received extensive training in orthodontics, which enables him to diagnose and establish a treatment plan that incorporates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatment.

Dr. Robinson was very attentive to my concerns throughout my time at his practice. He made sure that my braces worked efficiently and that they were removed on schedule. He also ensured that my smile would stay beautiful for many years to come by adding permanent retainers.

Thank you for making my orthodontic appointments so much fun! I will truly miss you guys. Thank you Dr. Robinson for my new smile!

One of the best experiences that I have had. Dr. Robinson is the best, hands down! He and his staff treat you more like family than anything else. I always enjoyed my visits. My new smile is AMAZING and my self-esteem has increased tremendously because of it. Thanks Dr. Robinson for everything!!!!

One of the best experiences that I have had. Dr. Robinson is the best, hands down! He and his staff treat you more like family than anything else. My new smile is AMAZING. Thanks Dr. Robinson for everything!!!!

 

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