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Dentofacial Orthodontics


 

You may have noticed that we specialize in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the "dentofacial orthopedics" part of the title. We can explain!

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two to three year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

One of the nine specialties is "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." You probably know that an orthodontist straightens teeth, and indeed: "ortho" comes from the Greek for "straight" or "correct," and "dontic" from the Greek for "teeth." But what about dentofacial orthopedics? "Dentofacial" is "teeth" plus "face" while "ortho" again means "straight" and "pedic" is from the Greek for "child."

Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he's undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!

Because Dr. Eric Babayan is skilled in both areas, he is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

 



 
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San Fernando Valley Orthodontist/Dentist Dr. Eric L. Babayan, DDS and his Mission City Orthodontics staff have been serving the city of San Fernando and its surrounding areas including Sylmar, Pacoima, Mission Hills, Arleta, Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, Panorama City, Sunland, Tujunga, San Fernando, Sun Valley, North Hills, North Hollywood, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills, Van Nuys, Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda, Los Angeles, Burbank, Valley Village, Toluca Lake, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, La Crescenta, Montrose, Glendale, La Canada, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Castaic and more with Invisalign, Clear Braces, Invisible Braces, Metal Braces and Retainers!

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444 South Brand Blvd. Suite 104
San Fernando, CA 91340


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(818) 365-9827 | Fax: (818) 365-8956
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