Dentofacial Orthopedics in Woodland Hills, CA

In Woodland Hills, CA, the team at Orthodontics in Woodland Hills is at the forefront of dentofacial orthopedics. Dentofacial orthopedics is a specialized field of orthodontics that focuses on the guidance and manipulation of facial growth and development. It’s a facet of orthodontic care that often complements traditional braces or clear aligners and plays a vital role in achieving a straight smile and a more symmetrical facial appearance.

Dentofacial Orthopedics in   Woodland Hills, CA

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With over 20 years of experience as a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Dr. Zarinnia can 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.

Dentofacial Orthopedics — What Is It?

Dentofacial orthopedics, also known as orthopedic orthodontics, is a discipline within orthodontics that addresses the development of the facial bones and how they relate to one another. While traditional orthodontics primarily focuses on straightening teeth and aligning the bite, dentofacial orthopedics goes further by addressing the overall structure and balance of the face.

Dentofacial orthopedics aims to achieve facial harmony, where the proportions of the jaw, lips, and other facial features are balanced and aesthetically pleasing. It’s not just about looks; it also plays a significant role in oral health and function. Dentofacial orthopedics can correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other malocclusions.

When to See a Dentofacial Orthodontist

Many patients wonder when it’s the right time to consider dentofacial orthopedics. The truth is, there is always time to seek the care of a dentofacial orthodontist. Here are a few scenarios that may warrant a consultation with a dentofacial orthodontist:

Early Intervention:

For children as young as 7, early evaluation can help identify and address growth issues before they become more complex. Early intervention can prevent the need for future invasive treatments.

Teenage Orthodontics:

Adolescence is a typical time for orthodontic treatment, when many patients receive traditional braces or clear aligners. Dentofacial orthopedics can be incorporated into a teenager’s orthodontic treatment plan to address underlying growth issues.

Adult Orthodontics:

It’s a common misconception that orthodontic treatment is only for children and teenagers. Adults can also benefit from dentofacial orthopedics. If you’ve been living with an untreated bite issue or facial imbalance, it’s not too late to seek treatment.

TMJ Disorders:

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw joint. Dentofacial orthopedics can help address the issues contributing to TMJ problems.

Sleep Apnea:

Some types of dentofacial orthopedic appliances can be used to treat sleep apnea by repositioning the jaw and airway to improve breathing during sleep.

If you are looking for more details on dentofacial orthopedics, book your complementary consultation for comprehensive guidance and personalized care today!

Why Headgear is Needed

Headgear is one of the most recognizable appliances used in dentofacial orthopedics. It consists of a metal wire framework that attaches to the back of the head or neck and connects to the braces on the teeth. While headgear may appear overwhelming, it serves an important role in the treatment process.

Headgear is often prescribed to patients, particularly younger patients, to correct overbites or underbites. If left untreated, these issues can lead to more severe problems, including jaw pain, speech issues, and difficulty eating. Headgear exerts gentle pressure on the upper jaw, guiding its growth to the correct position. In turn, it helps align the bite and improve facial harmony.

It’s important to note that headgear is typically worn at specific times, such as overnight or when at home, and its use is closely monitored by the orthodontic team at Orthodontics in Woodland Hills. With advances in orthodontic technology, headgear has become more comfortable and practical.

What are Expanders?

Palatal expanders, commonly referred to as simply “expanders,” are another essential tool in the dentofacial orthopedist’s toolkit. These devices are often used to correct issues related to the width of the upper jaw. A narrow upper jaw can result in crowding of the teeth, an improper bite, and facial asymmetry.

Expanders work by gently widening the upper jaw. They are typically worn for a few months, with gradual adjustments made by the orthodontist to achieve the desired expansion. This expansion provides the necessary space for permanent teeth to erupt properly and reduces the probability of tooth extraction and improved facial structures.

Expanders can also address breathing difficulties and improve airflow through the nasal passages. It can be especially beneficial for individuals with chronic mouth breathing or snoring.

Dentofacial Orthopedics in Woodland Hills, CA

In Woodland Hills, CA, the team at Orthodontics in Woodland Hills is proud to offer a range of dentofacial orthopedic services. Our state-of-the-art orthodontic practice is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by a compassionate team. We understand that each patient is unique, and our treatment plans are customized to address your individual needs and goals.

Our practice is conveniently located in Woodland Hills, CA, making it accessible to residents of the area. We proudly serve the local community and are dedicated to improving our patients’ oral health and facial aesthetics.

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If you or your child are experiencing orthodontic issues, it’s time to seek professional guidance. Early intervention can often prevent more complex issues from developing, leading to a more straightforward treatment process. Contact our Woodland Hills, CA office today!

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Definition of common braces terminology

Braces: Fixed orthodontic appliances, usually made of ceramic or metal, and consisting of brackets and wire designed to align teeth.

Brackets: The tiny metal, ceramic or clear plastic supports that are affixed to each individual tooth on the arch.

Clear Aligner Trays: Clear aligners are transparent trays that are worn over teeth to move into proper alignment.

Expander: An orthodontic appliance that can widen the jaws.

Orthodontist: A dentist who has been specially trained to do orthodontics.

Open Bite: A condition in which the upper and lower teeth fail to come together. This type of malocclusion is generally classified as anterior or posterior.

Crowding: Crowding is the lack of space for all the teeth to fit normally within the jaws.

Crossbite: A malocclusion in which the upper back teeth bite inside or outside the lower back teeth, or the lower front teeth bite in front of the upper front teeth.

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This office is amazing in every way! From when you walk in and greeted by Julie, the amazing office staff, and Dr. Zarrania himself. The quality of care provided is amazing and everyone here is so caring and personable. They make you feel like family! They are very accommodating with your schedule and appointments and the results are impeccable. I’ve always been insecure about my smile and I couldn’t be more proud of how my teeth look now. Both my son and I had braces at the same time as well (we went through the experience together). His experience was just as positive. I absolutely recommend Dr. Zarrania for kids and adults!

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From the moment you enter Julie is always there with a smile! You will then see Laura and Raina with the most beautiful spirit. Dr. Zarrinnia has done an amazing job and recommend him highly! He truly is a gift from G-d! He is gentle and kind. He is very knowledgeable with his practice and he is so patient when you have a million questions! Best orthodontist!

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I went to Zarrinnia 2 to 3 years ago for my teeth, smile. My teeth was not good shape at all. My bite was very bad and I was embarrassed about my teeth and smile. I went to go see Kourosh Zarrinnia for my treatment for my teeth, smile. He said I needed braces and to expand my mouth with the expansion. He knows of what he is doing and he is very nice person. He wants the best for your smile and teeth. The employees at the office are very nice and professional. They really Care about you and your treatment. After my treatment for my braces and expansion for my mouth for 2 to 3 years. I got my braces off today and I have a beautiful smile. I would really recommend this place and Zarrinnia!

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