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Greenville Office
843 South Main Street
Greenville, MS 38701
(662) 378-8645

Cleveland Office
816 East Sunflower Road
Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 843-7730

Clarksdale Office
102 East Lee Drive, Suite B
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 627-2666

Dentofacial Orthopedics

dentofacial-orthopedicsYou may have noticed that Dr. Engel 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 such as braces and expanders are frequently used depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces known as 1st Phase treatment. For example, if your child has braces and a palatal expander, he's undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!

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

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The Orthodontic Clinic provides quality orthodontics for children, teens, and adults in Greenville, Cleveland, and Clarksville, MS (Mississippi). Dr. E. Lee Engel specializes in orthodontics, offering Invisalign® and Damon® System. Contact The Orthodontic Clinic to schedule your orthodontic consultation.

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