Dentofacial Orthodontics

This specialized treatment manages tooth movement and facial growth during a child’s development.

What is dentofacial orthodontics?

As most of the growth and movement of the teeth and jaws occurs during childhood, dentofacial orthodontic treatment generally begins when the patient is about 7 or 8 years old as part of early orthodontic treatment. When your child visits our practice for their first orthodontic screening and consultation appointment, Dr. Warren will determine if early treatment is necessary and, if so, will work with you to create a detailed treatment plan for your child’s care.

While this treatment can be done at a later age, dentofacial orthodontics is usually included in the first part of a two-phase orthodontics plan that is begun while the jaws are still growing in childhood. During phase one, Dr. Warren corrects jaw growth and alignment and ensures the emerging teeth have enough space through the use of appliances or headgear. Phase two is the more well-known part of orthodontics, which is usually started in the tween or teen years when braces or Invisalign® are utilized to straighten and align teeth.


While children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthodontics, we also offer these services for adults when needed. Depending on the extent of your treatment, Dr. Warren may recommend oral surgery to adjust the jaw bone and establish the proper bite alignment prior to receiving braces or Invisalign.

Our trusted Springville, Utah, practice is proud to offer customized and comprehensive orthodontic care to every patient, no matter their age. Dr. Warren is available to meet with you for a complimentary consultation to find out if dentofacial orthodontics will be part of your or your child’s treatment plan for the very best long-term results. Feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have about our practice or any of the treatments we offer.