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Orthodontics / Dentofacial - Dental Research

The most recognized use of orthodontics is the use of braces on teeth to straighten them. Which orthodontics means to straighten teeth.¹  It is also used in altering a person’s bite.¹ A highly unknown part of orthodontics is the dentofacial orthopedics.

This is a process that specialize in the grown of children’s mouth and jaw.² They usually work alongside of orthodontists by putting on head gear that works with the braces to fix anomalies of the face and jaw.²

What orthodontists do:¹

  • Straighten crowded and crooked teeth
  • Provide better health to the mouth
  • Correct a patient’s bite
  • Places brace and/or head gear.
  • Gives a better smile

What are braces?¹

  • Metal wiring and brackets that help space the teeth or correct crooked teeth.
  • Two types: Permanent or removable braces.
  • Can be put on as early as 8 years old to adults.
  • Procedure done by an orthodontist in the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics specialty.
  • Treatment takes 1 to 3 years²
  • After braces retainers are needed.

Things to avoid with braces:²

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice.
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips.
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum.
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy.
  • Foods you have to bite into.
  • Chewing on hard things.


  • Vary depending on individual.
  • According to Health Care Fees, the lowest price could be $4,000 and the highest price $9,000


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