From the moment I walk into the time I leave, Dr. Gelb and his staff are compassionate, helpful and genuinely interested in making my jaw, and life, better.
Dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. Dentofacial orthopedics is the process of normalizing the growth of a patient’s bone structure and repairing any imbalances of the face and jaws. This process often involves a two-phase treatment and often begins when the patient is around 3 or 4 years old. Dentofacial orthodontics refers to changes in the relative position of the upper or lower jaws in the face. This requires a growing patient (usually children) and special appliances that can affect growing skeletal bone.
Technically speaking, dentofacial orthodontics is the dental specialty that includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature facial structures.
Dentofacial orthodontics employs special techniques aimed at realigning teeth and jaws. There are several orthodontic treatment alternatives that our NYC orthodontist may use, depending on the results of panoramic x-rays, study models (bite impressions) and a thorough visual examination.
Removable appliances will most likely be used to correct cases of misalignment. These appliances consist of metal wires on an acrylic base which re-train lip and tongue movements along with swallowing and chewing. Such re-directed movements stimulate nerve endings so as to direct growth of the upper and lower jaws, which in turn produce the desired outcome.
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