Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that our doctor 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 two- to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with: pediatric dentistry (dentistry for children), periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and oral surgery.

“Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” is one of the nine 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 headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he's actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Being skilled in both areas, our doctor 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.

What a wonderful experience!!! My son loves going for his visits. The office staff is courteous, attentive, and very warm. Dr. Zombek is personable and proficient. Dr. Zombek's sincere and kind demeanor is refreshing. The office environment is fun and makes the minimal wait enjoyable!!!~ Aaron

Dr. Zombek's office has the most friendliest staff. They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The patient room is very appealing, making each visit a pleasure. I would highly recommend Dr. Zombek; you won't be disappointed.~ Julia

The team at Zombek Orthodontics is very professional, accommodating, and sensitive to the patients' needs. They make you feel comfortable and important, as if you were their most valuable patient. Thank you all for such a "painless" experience getting my braces on!~ Anonymous

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