Maryam Horiyat, DDS . AIAOMT . IABDM

27652 Crown Valley Pkwy Mission Viejo, CA 92691

DENTAL APPLIANCES & ALIGNERS

ALF Orthodontics

INVEST IN YOUR WELLNESS WITH AN ALF ORAL APPLIANCE

Holistic Orthodontics Is An Alternative to Traditional Braces 

ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functionals) is a non-traditional and biological orthodontic treatment to address the underlying causes of crooked teeth by using the appliance of lightwire; this method is a transformational orthodontics that focuses on a principle of correcting cranial imbalances using combined myofunctional therapies and eliminates occlusion pathology at the level of its cause, namely at the level of a violation of the cranial bone’s natural position. ALF is a holistic orthodontic treatment oriented to the whole body; it is not only way to create a beautiful smile, but also a preventive and effective approach to promote your general health and wellness through improved breathing.
The ALF technique stimulates the correct development of facial skull and allows you to achieve an attractive, harmonious facial aesthetic.

WHO BENEFITS FROM ALF ORTHODONTICS

HOW DO ALF APPLICANCES WORK?

An ALF appliance works to improve a patient’s posture using a device that repositions the jaws, dental arches, and teeth; it works best when done in combination with Cranial Osteopathy because it releases stress and tension throughout the body, including head tension. ALF Orthodontics uses a similar method as cranial osteopathy by gently altering the cranial structures on a gradual basis. While the appliance is not part of cranial osteopathy, it’s effective for treating specific dysfunctions by creating the ideal alignment to enhance the body’s proper health, structure, and function. This is especially beneficial for improving the airways to make breathing easier.

Unlike traditional braces, the ALF is a removable device. It is a wire construction and is custom made. The function of ALF is based on the osteopathic principle of the “the applying of the soft strength” in order to move the jaws and teeth. This means that patients experience significantly less discomfort with ALF than traditional braces.

WHAT AGE PATIENTS CAN BENEFITS FROM ALF TREATMENT?

Typically, treatment for children begins between ages 6 and 8, while the four permanent front teeth are growing in. But some children may begin treatment as young as age 5. It is important to remember that by age 4, 60% of an individual’s facial growth is complete; and by age 6, 80% of the facial growth is complete. Because it promotes proper growth and development, ALF treatment can be extremely effective when it is begun during a growth stage.

However, older patients can also benefit from ALF treatment! Because it affects overall health, patients at nearly every age can enjoy noticeable and effective results. We may prescribe this treatment for older patients who have:

ALF THERAPY, CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY & OROFACIAL MYOLOGY

Our Integrative approach use ALF appliances for myofunctional therapy. The collaborative treatment can correct tissues with the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face to resolve certain restrictions that impact normal functions. Often, the appliances can be used to promote proper swallowing patterns, narrowed upper palate, or other issues that can impact development, breathing, and posture. Overall, the myofunctional therapies and ALF appliances optimize cranial symmetry, function, and development.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) can be described as the neuromuscular reeducation of the oral facial muscles. It promotes the stability of the mouth, jaws and closely related structures, called the stomatognathic system. When the tongue is resting against the roof of the mouth, it enhances and creates stability for the jaw joint. The tongue is the best jaw joint stabilizer. Another function of the tongue is to protect the airway. If the tongue is habitually resting down and forward in the lower jaw, normal form and function is disrupted. This may happen with obstructed airways, restricted frenums, (fold of skin beneath the tongue), upper lip tie (upper lip is attached to upper gum) or excessive sucking of bottles, pacifiers, or fingers.

HOW CAN ALF TREATMENT HELP ME?

You might think traditional orthodontics and an ALF appliance are the same because they can improve the alignment of the teeth and bite; however, there are clear differences. ALF treatment focuses more on a patient’s health to relieve certain conditions. Without treatment, improper facial and jaw development can cause:

STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH IN WEEKS WITH INMAN ALIGNERS

Are you unhappy with appearance of crooked teeth when laugh or smile, but want to avoid months of braces? If so, you can straighten your smile efficiently in just weeks as opposed to months or years by considering Inman Aligner, which is a simple removable appliance used to align crowded or protruded front teeth quickly and safely. It’s ideal as a stand-alone treatment or to pre-align teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or veneers.

How Does Inman Aligner Work?

The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance that anchors onto your molars and has two arches that are connected together by Nickel Titanium coil springs. The springs powers two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is the reason why the Inman Aligner works quickly.

How long Is the Treatment with The Inman Aligner?

Most cases are completed within 6-18 weeks. Your Inman Aligner dentist will give you a realistic guide of what to expect.

The Benefit of The Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a relatively new orthodontic treatment that has many advantages, including:

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ORTHODONTICS OPTIONS

INVISALIGN®

OZONE THERAPY

HOLISTIC CARE

CHILDREN DENTISTRY

OCCUSAL (BITE) CORRECTION

SLEEP APNEA & SNORING

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