MCO Orthodontics

Stouffville Orthodontist Office

28 Sandiford Drive, Unit 1
Stouffville, Ontario L4A 3V9

905-642-5618

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Oshawa Orthodontist Office

292 King Street West, 2nd Floor
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 2J9

905-579-0122

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Markham Orthodontist Office

4581 Highway 7 East, Suite 103D
Markham, Ontario L3R 1M6

905-477-7750

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Downtown Toronto Orthodontist Office

101 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2W7

416-855-6585

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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 Canadian 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 accomplished 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.

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