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Dentofacial Orthopedics

Learn more about dentofacial orthopedics and why it could be important for your care.

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Dentofacial Orthopedics Explained

Unlike other Oceanside orthodontists, Dr. Allen specializes in both “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the “dentofacial orthopedics” part. We can explain.

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. While others choose to pursue a dental specialty. Going into a specialty requires additional schooling during a 2 to 3-year residency program. There are 9 specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you’re likely familiar with like Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

One of the 9 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. Think braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present for dentofacial issues there are. 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.

With skill in both areas, Dr. Allen is able to diagnose any misalignments in your teeth and jaw as well as your facial structure and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

How it Works

1. Getting to Know You

At your first visit to our Oceanside orthodontist office, diagnostic records – typically photos of your face and teeth, as well as x-rays –  to determine the best course of treatment. We use this information to develop a custom treatment plan that’s unique to your needs and goals. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of your treatment as your teeth begin to move and shift into the optimal position.

2. Custom Treatment Plan

We’ve invested in the latest orthodontic technology so that we can provide each patient with a customized treatment plan that’s not only perfect for jaw structure and their specific goals but also their budget. After Dr. Allen evaluates your records, we’ll discuss our recommended treatment plan with you in detail, including the payment options.

No matter your age, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

3. Your New Smile

At Allen Orthodontics in Oceanside, we don’t just make smiles more beautiful, we help you discover your true smile – a smile infused with real confidence. Because when you’re no longer afraid to smile you become more open, more honest, and more present in everyday moments. This is what we want for all of our patients. So, let’s do this San Diego County. Let’s uncover the true you by discovering your true smile.

Answers To Your FAQs From Dr. Allen

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
American Association of Orthodontists recommend you should schedule your child’s first appointment by age 7.  Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement each other.  By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child’s growth and development.  Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery or permanent teeth to be extracted if treated after growth has occurred. Learn more about early treatments for kids.
What will I learn from the initial examination?

Dr. Allen will thoroughly explain your options to you after he completes the exam, and will recommend the best course of treatment. You’ll learn the answers to five important questions during your consultation appointment, including:

  • Is there an orthodontic issue, and if so, what is it?
  • What treatment is needed to correct the problem? Can braces and/or Invisalign correct the problem?
  • Will any teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will treatment cost?

Learn more about what you can expect at your first visit.

How much will orthodontic treatment cost?
We can only determine treatment costs after your initial consultation is completed, as each patient’s case is unique. You can learn more about our Financing & Insurance policies page, or speak to one of our staff members at the office. We’ll review your financing options with you, and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits. Learn More
Is it too late to have orthodontic treatment if I am already an adult?
Adult orthodontics is becoming more common, as orthodontic treatment helps increase overall happiness level, health, and self-esteem. It’s never too late for a beautiful smile! Learn more about treatments for adults.
Do I need a referral from my dentist to see an orthodontist?

If you think you or your child needs braces, you may be surprised to learn you do not need a referral from your dentist. You can make an appointment with Allen Orthodontics any time to discuss your orthodontic needs and set up a treatment plan.

 

It is also important to note that if your dentist does make a referral, you do not need to choose that orthodontist. You’re free to see anyone you feel can do the best job for you.

 

This doesn’t mean your dentist is not an important part of your care. He or she definitely is. It is important to continue to see your dentist throughout your orthodontic care.

 

With or without a referral, you should bring your child for an orthodontic consultation by age 7, as the American Association of Orthodontists recommends. Examining children before all the permanent teeth have erupted help an orthodontist to correct problems that would be more difficult and costly to address later.

 

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