3 Noreen Avenue, Upper Claremont, 7700
Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: 021 761 4176
Fax: 021 797 0365
Email: shabortho@gmail.com

Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that Dr Shaboodien specializes in “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title.

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 specialty, which requires additional schooling during a 3 year residency program. There are various specialties.  Some you are likely familiar with: Paediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

“Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” is one of the specialties. Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood.

Appliances are frequently used — the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like functional appliances 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 a functional appliance, he’s actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Being skilled in both areas, Dr Shaboodien 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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