Orthodontic treatment primarily focuses on the position of the teeth and jaw bones, whereas dentofacial orthopedics focuses on the development of the face as it relates to the teeth and jaws.
The purpose of dentofacial orthopedics is to guide the bones that support the teeth and contribute to the appearance of the face to support harmonious, proportional development. By combining orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics into a custom treatment plan, Dr. Senties can optimize the patient’s esthetics and functionality with greater comfort and efficiency.
Dentofacial orthopedic treatment is most efficient when the jaw bones and facial bones are still developing. Treatment that begins while the bones are still growing works alongside the patient’s natural development process.
Because children’s bones are still developing, early treatment with dentofacial orthopedics is much more effective and can enable a quicker treatment process than dentofacial orthopedics for adults.
The first step is scheduling a complimentary (free) consultation for you, your child, or both! At your first visit, Dr. Senties will examine your smile, taking diagnostic x-rays and photos to gain full perspective of your current condition.
If Dr. Senties finds that you have teeth or jawbone misalignments impacting your facial appearance, depending on your age and your specific condition, he may suggest a comprehensive treatment of dentofacial orthopedics fused with orthodontics.
For example, a narrow palate (upper jaw bone) is sometimes the cause of facial irregularities and misalignments, so a palatal expander is a common appliance used to widen the palate to accommodate all teeth, while creating a harmonious facial structure.
Dr. Senties creates treatment plans that are 100% personalized to each patient. There is no general, one-size-fits-all approach at Senties Family Orthodontics. The best plan of action for you or your child will depend on a number of factors.
Once Dr. Senties completes your exam, he’ll discuss his findings with you to help you make an informed decision for you or your child’s smile!