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.

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 specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with: Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

“Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” is one of the nine specialties. Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. Appliances are frequently used — the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he’s actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Being skilled in both areas, our doctor 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.

  • Blue Orthodontics in my book are the most amazing, patient, and most friendly staff of people that you will ever encounter and they were so good to my daughter while working with her… If your looking for a place to get braces for anybody in your family and friends circle please see them!!! You won’t be disappointed!!

    - K. C.

  • 2nd kid to go through their system. A+ for service and results!!! And they are active in community with sponsorships to schools. An amazing asset to the northern Phoenix area 🙂

    - B.C.

  • Blue orthodontics is a fun friendly place. Very up beat and modern. They are all smiles and greet everyone that walks through the door.

    - C.M.

  • Dr. Blue, Melissa, and the rest of the team are AMAZING!!! Thank you for all you do for the Madison community!!!

    - B.B.

  • My sons and my daughters absolutely LOVE Blue Orthodontics! They make you feel like family while they are taking great care of you. Everyone there knows what they are doing, educates you as a patient and parent. My daughter wrote them a note, put in the mail and they wrote her back a nice note! It’s those little things that matter and make you feel a part of a family. Thank you Blue!

    - D.W.

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