Dr. Zwickel specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Most people are familiar with orthodontics but may be unsure about what makes someone a dentofacial orthopedic specialist.
What is the difference between orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics?
Every orthodontist completes dental school and then pursues one of nine specialties that require additional schooling. Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics go together as one of the nine specialties:
How do orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments work together?
For most efficient results, Dr. Zwickel sometimes splits a patient’s treatment into two phases, where dentofacial orthopedic concerns are addressed first, and a patient finalizes orthodontic treatment with braces.
Often the two are used at the same time. If your child gets braces and headgear, they’re actually undergoing both orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
What’s the benefit of seeing a specialist with expertise in both areas?
Dr. Zwickel diagnoses any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure. She constructs a definitive treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments for maximum health and aesthetic look.