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Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that Dr. Brandon Johnson, DDS, specializes 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. Brandon Johnson, DDS, 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.

Testimonials

I was very excited that when I called to schedule an appointment, we had one within two days of my call. Dr. Johnson and staff were very professional, but explained things to us that made it clear and easier to understand. –Christin
Everyone was really helpful and very kind. Kyleigh was very nervous about her 1st appointment., but once she got there and everyone treated her like a friend, she was excited! –Andrea
Dr. Johnson and Staff are a WONDERFUL group of people. Daylee always feels welcome when she walks in the door! Thank You all for taking her under your wings and soon she will fly with a SMILE from ear to ear with GREAT looking teeth!!! - Kris
LOVE the personalized care and attention my girls receive! My girls actually look forward to their appointments. That's a huge plus! - Crystal
They treat us very good, like friends not just customers, even when we are out in the community. -Jessica