Growth and Development for Children
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Myobrace treatment uses myofunctional orthodontic techniques to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) that are the real, underlying causes of crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by Orthodontists and Dentists around the world for over 50 years.
This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping.
Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile.
ALF Lightwire Orthodontics
The most common way to straighten teeth is by using braces. But there are other ways, non-traditional ones, that address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. Locked up bones in the cranium, mouth breathing, tongue position, habits like thumb sucking, nutrition, posture, genetics: they all have an effect on how the face grows, the jaws form, and the teeth line up.
Using light, flexible wires for orthodontic treatment is more than just a way to create a beautiful smile – it is a preventive health approach.
Lightwire Orthodontics aim to develop the upper jaw and the mid-face FORWARD. We all have the genetic potential to accommodate ALL our teeth but a lot of obstacles can be in the way. Rather than possibly pulling teeth to create space we work on removing the obstacles.
Growth is our biggest ally when it comes to helping our patients develop their full potential and creating stable results. The width and position of the upper jaw determines how much forward the lower jaw can grow!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can Lightwire Orthodontics / ALF treatment be used to undo problems created by previous orthodontic treatment?
A: YES! Lightwire Orthodontics can be used very effectively to:
- widen the jaws
- open up extraction spaces
- advance the mandible
Q: What are some of the causes for crooked teeth?
A: Some causes for crooked teeth can be:
- low tongue posture and non-functional swallowing
- restricted airway and mouth breathing
- cranial strains, stresses and tensions in the head and neck area
- poor diet containing ‘dead calories’, lacking nutrients
Q: What are potential problems of conventional orthodontic treatment?
A: Some potential problems are:
1. Rapid Palatal Expander:
- can lock up cranial motion
- takes up tongue space in the palate
- uneven expansion
2. Extractions of permanent teeth and retractive mechanics:
- compromised airway health
- compromised facial appearance
- proneness to obstructive sleep apnea
- can lock up cranial motion
- do not address the underlying causes
- Results are often not stable unless patient wears retainer for the rest of his/her life
If you have any questions or to schedule a consultation please give us a call at (818) 995-1891 or email us.