At Natural Dentistry, we believe orthodontics should treat the whole face, not just the teeth.
Conventional or traditional orthodontics looks at straightening teeth for aesthetics and appearance. There is less emphasis on the jaw, joints and muscles. The head, neck and joint (TMJ) position are often ignored.
The orthopaedic (jaw development) approach to treatment and malocclusion starts from a different premise and focuses more on jaw development, size and position to achieve the best form and function for the teeth and an ideal facial appearance. This approach also has a very positive impact on the airway (and breathing).
In traditional orthodontics, teeth may be considered for extraction if there is insufficient space to align all the teeth. The main treatment objective here is often to only make the teeth straight. By only addressing the teeth narrow and constricted dental arches may often also occur in the final outcome. This can have a negative long term effect on a patient’s posture breathing and airway.
Using dental appliances and Controlled Arch braces, a proper tongue and jaw position is created to eliminate negative forces on the teeth. Our functional orthopedic/orthodontic treatment involves developing and aligning the upper and lower jaws to their optimum size and position. The long-term results of this combined type of treatment, as opposed to using only standard braces, tend to create harmonious, beautiful smiles and faces.
The Invisalign System is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and your smile without the use of traditional braces. It is quick, easier than braces and can fit into your lifestyle.
Invisalign treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is individually fabricated and slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.