You may have noticed that Dr. Rinaldo Caponera specializes in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the "dentofacial orthopedics" part of the title. We can explain!
Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.
One of the nine specialties is "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." You probably know that an orthodontist straightens teeth, and indeed: "ortho" comes from the Greek for "straight" or "correct," and "dontic" from the Greek for "teeth." But what about dentofacial orthopedics? "Dentofacial" is "teeth" plus "face" while "ortho" again means "straight" and "pedic" is from the Greek for "child."
Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he's undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!
Because Dr. Rinaldo Caponera is skilled in both areas, he is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.
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We believe each patient deserves personalized attention, a complete understanding of your treatment decisions, and the best orthodontic care available.
“I chose to study orthodontics because of the powerful impact a person's smile can have on their self-esteem.”
Please take a moment to view many of our extremely satisfied patients. We look forward to seeing your smile join our group of exceptional patients.
We have several payment plans to suit different budgets. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable.
I highly recommend Caponera Orthodontics. Dr. Caponera and staff are not only professional; they are attentive, compassionate, thorough and patient. My daughter's orthodontic work is impeccable and she has the beautiful smile to prove it!Gwen Barnick
I had my braces on for a little over 2 years and I couldn't be happier with my results! They're super friendly and worked with me even though I was away for school. Extremely professional but makes you feel like family. Thank you for my new smile!Ayanna-Mone Arnold
Dr. Caponera is the BEST around. My teeth had a lot of spacing, before going to Dr. Caponera, but after 2 years of braces my teeth now look great! Dr. Caponera worked so that I would have my braces removed just in time for Christmas and I really appreciate that. The staff are all friendly and a pleasure to talk with, making each visit enjoyable.Neomaru Anderson
I always have a great experience at Dr. Caponera's office. Dr. Caponera is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and personable. I'm so happy with how he fixed my teeth before my wedding. His office is very clean, and the staff are accommodating with scheduling appointments, and even offer some days with later appointment times.Allison Dauer
Dr. Caponera is Awesome! I had the best experience with his office. I had no problems scheduling appointments, especially those emergencies. Did I mention my under-bite that has been transformed to a new, beautiful, perfectly aligned smile that I get complimented on constantly? Well, I just did!Dionne Reid
Dr. Caponera and the girls in his office are the most professional and helpful doctors office I have ever been to. I'm not easy to please but this office has always been on time, polite, clean and knowledgeable. Both of my kids have gone here and the work, the attention to detail is the best I have ever seen.Yaniv Offir