Smile Design - Dentofacial Orthopedics

More Than Braces

Orthodontists do more than just straighten teeth. Dentofacial orthopedics is an important field in dentistry that focuses on improving the dimensions and positions of the jaw and facial bones. This is accomplished through the use of specialized appliances which may include the following: 

  • Palate expanders and Hyrax appliances (creates a wider space in the upper jaw)
  • Herbst appliances (corrects misaligned jaws and bites)
  • Temporary anchorage devices/TADS (used for teeth alignment)
  • Carriere motion appliances (corrects misaligned back teeth prior to getting braces)

Helping From Early On

Dentofacial orthopedics methods are typically applied to children before braces or orthodontic treatment, and can be used to help guide jaw development. Adults may have options for dentofacial orthopedic treatment, which may involve minor surgery. Our doctors have the advanced education and specialized training required to treat conditions requiring dentofacial orthopedic care.

Correcting Imperfections

Life isn’t always easy on our teeth. As time goes by, they can become worn down, chipped, and discolored, resulting in a smile that’s not as bright as it used to be. Smile design corrects imperfections and restores the health and appearance of your natural teeth. Your doctor may use a combination of procedures to design your ideal smile, including (but not limited to):

  • Orthodontics 
  • Dental prosthetics
  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum contouring


With our expertise and dedication to delivering beautiful results, we’re ready to help you get the beautiful smile you deserve.



We’ll make that smile happen. You deserve it!