Many patients are already familiar with orthodontists and their specialization in the management of teeth movement. Specializing in both orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. Bina Park can offer expert guidance regarding each individual's orthodontic and facial growth and can create an integrative treatment plan that works for each patient.
Since most facial growth and development occur during childhood, children make the most ideal candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, with the first stages of treatment beginning around age 7 or 8, while the mouth and jaw are still forming. Left uncorrected, misaligned bites may need to be corrected with surgery in adulthood. Adults may also be treated with dentofacial orthopedics, however treatment is usually more extensive due to a further developed facial structure. Working with a skilled orthodontist such as Dr. Bina Park, who understands both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedics, will help you achieve the best overall care.
Dentofacial orthopedics may be utilized before or may also be used in conjunction with the installation of orthodontics. Depending on the treatment plan, other treatments include appliances such as headgear, palatal expander devices, or other orthodontic appliances.