In addition to orthodontics, Dr. Wiltshire, Dr. Brassington, and Dr. Bibona offer dentofacial orthopedics in Richmond, Virginia. Most people know that orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening the teeth and correcting the bite. However, most do not know that dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development. Facial development happens mostly during childhood.
Our orthodontists will use specialized appliances like headgear and expanders, depending on your child’s individual case. The appliances are selected to help correct whatever facial abnormalities are present. In some cases, orthopedic treatment may be performed before braces are placed. However, the two are often performed at the same time. If we suggest that your child receive braces and headgear, he or she is undergoing orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatment.
Because our orthodontists are skilled in both orthodontics and orthopedics, they are able to diagnose and treat misalignments in the teeth and jaw in addition to the facial structure. When needed, they can form a treatment plan that integrates orthodontic and orthopedic treatments.
We invite you to contact Richmond Orthodontics today to learn if your child needs dentofacial orthopedics and to schedule your child’s appointment with our orthodontists. We are excited to serve you and your family!