Dentofacial Orthopedics in Tampa & Brandon, FL, For Children & Adults
Few people realize the difference between an orthodontic specialist and a general dentist. As a cardiologist is to the heart, so is an orthodontist to the teeth, facial muscles, and jaw. An orthodontist, after graduating from dental school, undergoes an additional two to three years of highly competitive post-graduate education, training, and experience in an accredited orthodontic residency program, focusing on tooth movement (orthodontics) and facial development (dentofacial orthopedics in Tampa & Brandon, FL). The American Dental Association (ADA), requires orthodontists to have advanced knowledge in biomedical, clinical, and basic sciences and to have unique training in diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, as well as a wide variety of malocclusions (improperly aligned teeth and/or jaw) – including surgical orthodontics in children, teens, and adults.
Dentofacial Orthopedics in Tampa & Brandon, FL, For Children
Even young children are good candidates for dentofacial orthopedic therapy, when needed, as they are still developing physiologically. A child’s jaw bone and the roof of their mouth are still forming, having not yet completely hardened, making it much easier for orthodontic intervention.
By the age of 7, your child’s first molars and incisors have begun to erupt and our orthodontist, Dr. Turke, can now evaluate your child’s bite. All children are beautiful in their parents’ eyes, and sometimes those very things that we find so adorable about our children – such as their cute toothless grin, their precious little lisp, or even that special way they pronounce their “l’s” and “r’s” – can be temporary issues, but they can also be an indication of a more serious problem that could follow your child into adulthood.
Dr. Turke will evaluate and monitor your child for the following issues:
- Improper bite relationships
- Crossbites, which can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
- Openbites, which can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
- Jaw growth abnormalities
- Narrow arches
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing and biting
- Finger sucking and other oral habits
- Speech difficulties
- Facial imbalance
- Mouth breathing
- Protruding teeth, which are more susceptible to accidental chipping
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
Early evaluation will give our Tampa and Brandon, FL, orthodontist the chance to detect any potential problems your child may have, as well as allow a greater opportunity for earlier, more effective orthodontic treatment. Dr. Turke will be able to guide the growth and development of your child’s bite and prevent more serious problems later. When early orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Dentofacial Orthopedics For Adults
While children are still in the developmental stages of bone growth, adults bones have ceased to grow and have hardened, making it much more challenging to align the jaws and facial structure. Though adults can benefit from dentofacial orthopedics alone, when necessary, surgical intervention may inevitably become part of Dr. Turke’s recommended treatment plan in order to give you a wonderful smile!