Dento Facial Orthodontics

Dr. Strelzow 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, as well as earning a research-based degree over a three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the Canadian and 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 –including braces, and other specialized appliances such as headgear, expanders, and functional orthopedic devices. It all depends 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 or headgear, he or she is actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Being skilled in both areas, Dr. Strelzow 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.