Dentofacial orthopedics is a specialty that has been sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Orthopedics is often performed together with orthodontics to ensure the best outcome. While orthodontics is the area of dentistry that is concerned with moving teeth, orthopedics focuses on facial growth and development. Dr. Shamoiel, expert in orthopedics in Thousand Oaks offers treatments that ensure proper growth during childhood for a healthier bite in adulthood.
A properly aligned jaw and well-developed facial structure can reduce the risks of certain dental problems. When jaws are not aligned, they can place excessive force on the joints, and teeth may be more prone to excessive wear. Teeth may become fractured, cracked and broken or may even become loose due to the bite forces. Ensuring the jaw and other facial bones are developing properly and guiding them to healthier growth patterns can reduce these risks and create a more attractive bite. Dr. Shamoiel, dentist in Thousand Oaks can help.
Orthodontic treatments, such as traditional braces or Invisalign, are used to straighten the teeth or align the bite. Orthopedic treatments are designed to address skeletal imbalances and normalize jaw growth. Our Thousand Oaks orthopedics expert may recommend a variety of orthodontic and orthopedic treatments based on the abnormalities that are present. Conventional braces are commonly needed to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth, but more specialized appliances such as expanders or headgear may be necessary for some patients to promote and guide proper skeletal growth. Treatments may be combined or completed over a specific period. Misalignments, malocclusions and facial structure issues can all be addressed with orthodontic and orthopedic treatments.
Dr. Sharon Shamoiel, our expert in orthopedics in Thousand Oaks will explore all your treatment options with you and your child and make specific recommendations. Dr. Shamoiel will answer your questions and explore alternative treatments when necessary. Understanding the treatment process can help you make better choices that improve outcome and ensure the best results for your child’s needs.
If you are a candidate for orthodontic or orthopedic treatment, our Thousand Oaks orthopedics expert Dr. Shamoiel can help. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation or to find out more.