Malocclusion refers to misalignment of teeth when the mouth is shut. Orthodontics, a specialized dentistry field, addresses malocclusion. This treatment involves aligning or repositioning teeth for enhanced appearance and function. Moreover, it redistributes biting forces across teeth, fostering long-term dental health, gum care, and jaw joint function.
Dentofacial orthopedics, among twelve dental specialties demanding extensive education, practice, and research, concentrates on jaw and facial alignment. Primarily for children prior to orthodontic interventions, these methods aid jaw development. Dentofacial Orthopaedics employs orthopaedic tools for jaw and facial areas, guiding the growth of facial bones.