Many of our patients assume that orthopedics and orthodontics have the same meaning. But despite common assumptions (and even though the two terms can used interchangeably) there is a difference between both of these procedures.
Orthopedics typically involves short-term, removable therapies that modify dental displacement and facial growth. This particular branch of dentistry is commonly used for crowded or improperly aligned teeth in children. Common problems that can be rectified with orthopedics include: poor tongue positioning, over-bite, under-bite, mouth breathing, enlarged tonsils, etc.
Meanwhile, orthodontics procedures typically involve long term procedures that focus on moving the teeth into a straighter, less crowded position. This process is gradual and is usually accomplished by bonding braces to the patient’s teeth. Orthodontic devices are semi-permanent and in order to achieve the desired result, it can several months or years.
We proudly offer Orthodontic and Orthopedic services to children, adolescents and adults. Call today for an assessment and to discuss treatment options that are available to you and your family.