Orthodontics on Danforth

Dr. Emily Trohatos | 416-465-8880 | 758 Danforth Avenue | Toronto, ON M4J 1L5

Dentofacial Orthopaedics

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You may have noticed that Dr. Trohatos specializes in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics." While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the "dentofacial orthopaedics" 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 9 nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada. 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 Orthopaedics." 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 orthopaedics? "Dentofacial" is "teeth" plus "face" while "ortho" again means "straight" and "paedic" is from the Greek for "child."

Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopaedics 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 orthopaedics!

Because Dr. Trohatos is skilled in both areas, she 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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