About Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

The dental specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of both dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received at least two years of post-doctoral, advanced training in orthodontics from a program accredited by the American Dental Association. As an orthodontist, Dr. Gibson works in conjunction with other dental specialists and your general dentist to achieve the best possible results.

There are many different types of orthodontic appliances. Clear braces, miniature braces, and Invisalign are commonly used to straighten teeth. There are also orthopedic appliances to help improve the facial growth and development of children.

Treatment timing is very important to achieve the best possible results. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. For some young children preventative orthodontic treatment will be indicated. For most children with orthodontic problems, treatment can be postponed past age 7. Dr. Gibson will inform you about your child’s dental development, treatment options, and the best timing.

Many adults receive orthodontic treatment today. Teeth can be moved at any age. Dr. Gibson is an experienced provider of orthodontic care for adults. He can inform you about your treatment options and any limitations.