Controlled Arch Orthodontics
The earlier we can evaluate children for current or future potential orthodontic care needs, the better. There are actually preventive measures we can take during early childhood that can help prevent many children from ever needing braces in the first place!
It’s a misconception that people often need teeth extracted for orthodontic care. The problem is often an undersized jaw, not a crowded jaw. The teeth are the right size - the jaw just never expanded to its full potential. We can help patients make room in their jaws for their full, healthy smile with no need for extraction.
Traditional orthodontics don’t really take into consideration the TMJ. In our practice, we use Controlled Arch Orthodontics, which actually starts with a growth phase to help balance the needs of the teeth and the entire body, including the joints and airways. We don’t only focus on the cosmetic portion of orthodontic care - we also focus on the health of the entire mouth, face and body. Our treatment plan improves the entire look of the face!
Orthodontics became the first dental specialty in 1900.
Traditional vs Controlled Arch Braces
Traditional vs. Controlled Arch Braces
Traditional braces are restrictive and cause your jaw to either not grow or to shrink in size. Controlled Arch Orthodontics actually expand your jaw and move your teeth forward, away from your airway, which helps move your tongue forward and helps you to breathe better.
In past generations, braces were considered a treatment only for teenagers after the adult teeth grew into place. Today, braces for adults are common, not only for cosmetic reasons, but also to treat TMJ disorders. With Controlled Arch Orthodontics and a facial growth approach to treating TMJ disorders and sleep apnea, the focus is becoming more on the full growth of the mouth and airway. So, orthodontics is not just about straight teeth anymore. Orthodontics is part of an overall health strategy for improved airway and straight teeth. At Legends Dental, this is how we can approach braces for you and your family. Please take the time to talk to us about the importance of this new approach when the conversation about braces begins in your home.