dentofacial orthopedics

Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dr. Gardner specializes in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." While orthodontics is a common term, "dentofacial orthopedics" may need some explanation!

Every orthodontist begins with an undergraduate degree and then continues on to dental school. After completing dental school, some graduates immediately begin practicing as dentists. Others decide to pursue dental specialties, which require additional education at residency programs that can range from two to six years. There are nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Some of these may sound familiar, such as Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

The oldest of the nine specialties is "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." Orthodontics essentially involves the management of tooth movement, and dentofacial orthopedics is concerned with the guidance of facial growth and development that occurs during childhood. Appliances are frequently used in both cases, and it comes as no surprise that braces are an orthodontist's tool of choice. However, other appliances like Invisalign can also be very effective. In the case of dentofacial orthopedics, a range of specialized appliances can be used depending on the facial abnormalities present. This can include anything from headgear to an expander, or even a Herbst Appliance to help promote growth of the lower jaw! Sometimes dentofacial orthopedic treatment precedes traditional braces, but the two can often be accomplished at the same time.

Because Dr. Gardner has received specialized training and is skilled in both areas, he can diagnose all misalignments of the teeth, jaws, and facial structures. Having the ability to formulate personalized treatment plans that integrate both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments is a valuable asset for any successful orthodontic practice.

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Spartanburg: 864-585-8709

319 North Pine Street, Suite 5, Spartanburg SC 29302

Roebuck: 864-641-6245

4385 South Church Street Ext., Roebuck SC 29376

Piedmont Orthodontic Associates provides quality orthodontics for children, teens, and adults in Spartanburg, SC and the surrounding areas. Dr. Ernest Gardner, Jr. specializes in orthodontics, offering Invisalign as well as traditional braces. Contact Piedmont Orthodontic Associates to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation.

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