This is a branch of orthodontics that specialises in correcting moderate jaw and facial skeletal problems. It is generally used to guide the process of facial growth in children and teens, but it can also be used for adults.

When Dentofacial Orthopaedics is Used

Correcting jaw and facial skeletal problems is essential for several reasons. For one, it can improve the appearance of the face, giving you a more balanced and symmetrical look. Correcting these problems can also improve bite alignment, reducing the risk of tooth wear, damage and tooth loss.

This treatment will also improve your speech and ability to chew and breathe properly, significantly improving your quality of life.

Dentofacial Orthodontic Devices

We use various devices to help correct jaw and facial skeletal problems and even combine devices for the best results.

Some common devices include:

  • Palatal expanders
  • Braces
  • Headgear
  • Functional appliances
  • TAD’S (Temporary anchorage devices)

Receiving Dentofacial Orthopaedic Treatment

The treatment process for dentofacial orthopaedics begins with a consultation with one of our experienced orthodontists. They will thoroughly examine your jaw and teeth, take X-rays and make digital dental models.

Based on the results, we will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may include braces, expanders or other devices to move the jaw and teeth into the correct position gradually.

At Dr’s Rudie & Helena Swart Orthodontics, we’re skilled in providing in-depth diagnosis for orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics to help you achieve your healthiest and most beautiful smile.

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Frequently asked questions about braces

How long do I have to wear braces?

The length of time you will need to wear braces depends on the severity of your case but typically ranges from 18 months to 3 years.

Do braces hurt?

It’s normal to experience some minor discomfort after the braces are first placed and with each adjustment. However, this subsides quickly, and you will find you barely notice them over time.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments?

Typically, you will need to visit us every 4-8 weeks for adjustments.

What can't I eat with braces?

You will need to avoid certain foods that can damage the braces or get caught in the wires and brackets. These usually include hard foods, such as popcorn, sweets and apples, that can get stuck easily. We will provide you with a complete list of care instructions once you receive your braces.

Can I brush and floss my teeth normally with braces?

You will need to take extra care when brushing and flossing your teeth with braces to ensure all the food particles and plaque are removed. We provide detailed instructions on caring for your braces to help you get used to the process.

Will braces affect my speech?

It’s common to experience a slight change in how you speak when you first get braces. However, this is usually temporary and will improve as you get used to your braces.


Braces are effective for straightening teeth and achieving a confident, beautiful smile. With various options to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect braces for your needs. Schedule your orthodontic consultation today.