Unlike orthodontics, which focuses on the management of tooth movement, Dentofacial Orthopedics involves the guidance of the facial growth and development that happens during childhood. The practice of Dentofacial Orthopedics is a special distinction earned when an orthodontist completes a three-year specialisation residency program, making Dr Rasha a true expert in her field.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for children
Occasionally misalignments and abnormalities can occur in a child’s developing facial structure, and when this happens a treatment plan involving specialised appliances such as headgear or expanders can be used to normalise the growth of the bone structure. Children are often the best candidates for receiving dental orthopedic therapy, as from a young age Dr Rasha is able to monitor your child’s facial growth and determine the most effective treatment plan going forward. Phase-one of treatment begins before all of your child’s adult teeth have erupted, and involves treatments designed to correct jaw growth and alignment before phase-two, the straightening of teeth, can begin.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for adults
Although the process of Dentofacial Orthopedics is much more common and straightforward for children, this branch of orthodontics can also be used to treat adults. The facial structure of adults is much harder to control and realign due to the jawbone hardening after childhood growth, and therefore surgery is often required in order to adjust the jawbone and establish a proper bite alignment. With adult Dentofacial Othropedics it is not too late to achieve the perfect smile you have always dreamed of wearing!
If you think you or your child could benefit from the expertise of one of the UAE’s top Dentofacial Orthopedic experts, then call Euromed today to book a consultation with Dr Rasha.