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Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dr. Naidu specializes in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. While most people have heard of orthodontics, few have heard of the dentofacial orthopedics. We can explain!

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental 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 are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is another one of these nine specialities. While orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used. The more familiar braces for orthodontics and specialized appliances like headgear and expanders (depending on facial abnormalities) for dentofacial orthopedics. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he's undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!

Because Dr. Naidu is skilled in both areas, he is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure. He can then devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

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