Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that our doctor 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 three-year residency program.  There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association.  Those you are likely familiar with are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), Endodontics (root canal therapy), Oral Radiology, Prosthodontics (replacing missing teeth), 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 word for "straight" or "correct," and "dontic" from the Greek words for "pertaining to teeth."  What about "dentofacial orthopedics?"  "Dentofacial" is "teeth" plus "face," while "ortho" again means "straight" and "pedic" is from the Greek word for "bones." So, in short, it means changing (aligning) the shape of the facial bones and jaws.
 
Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial bone growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood.  In both cases, ancillary appliances are frequently used.  The more familiar braces are used for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like the Herbst appliance (mandibular advancement), and maxillary and mandibular expanders (upper and lower jaw expansion) are utilized, depending on what facial bone discrepancies 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 an expansion or an advancement appliance, he is undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!
 
Because our doctor 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.

What We Offer

  • A FREE orthodontic evaluation which includes a panoramic x-ray, digital images, and consultation with Dr. Feldman valued at $495.00.

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  • The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7

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  • "invisible braces" and even clear aligners result in braces that are a far cry from the “Ugly Betty” look.

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  • Braces have traditionally been considered mainly for children and teens. Today, more and more adults are aware of the benefits of adult treatment

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  • No more uncomfortable goo creating dental impressions at Feldman Orthodontics we offer digital patient impressions using the latest I-tero technology.

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  • Feldman Orthodontics is now a certified provider of custom Under Armour performance mouthwear!

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  • TMJ / TMD problems include tight muscles, joint inflammation, or teeth grinding.

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  • Cleft Palate is a facial deformity, so rare that most people have never heard of it, occurring 1 in 800 live births.

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  • You may be affected by sleep apnea if you... Are drowsy during the day with no explanation. Snore loudly or wake up breathless at night.

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  • Dr Feldman specializes in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." Many are confused by the "dentofacial orthopedics". We can explain!

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  • Orthognathic Surgery is an adjunct to orthodontic treatment that can help reshape the jaw and jaw position to help improve their form and function.

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  • Craniofacial orthodontics is the sub-specialty of orthodontics focusing on the multidisciplinary treatment of patients with birth defects.

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  • Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment. Patients may be advised to wear retainers full-time for the first six months after “active” treatment ends, with subsequent wear time reduced to night-time onl

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  • Conventional braces alone can take anywhere from a year and a half to four years to properly align and straighten your teeth. AcceleDent® Aura, a take-home orthodontic device, which resembles a sports mouth guard, is shaking things up among orthodontists.

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