Crooked teeth are rather common in our society, but many people aren’t sure why this phenomenon affects majority of people. Recent research suggests that there’s a reason why more people today have crooked teeth than our ancestors did. About Face Collaborative wants to explore this topic and how we can help straighten your teeth without the need for braces.
Crooked teeth have more to do with jaw development, which can be hindered with prolonged thumb sucking, mouth breathing, untreated tongue-tie, and more.
In September of 2018, Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich released a book titled Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic. Ehrlich, who is a biologist, cites his own research that noted the human jaw has shrunk as society continues to advance and evolve. Why is this happening? He linked the shrinking jaw to environmental stressors, behavioral issues, and even obstructive sleep apnea, but the main culprit is our posture. More modern people spend more time in a forward-head posture, bringing the jaw out of balance. Ehrlich also cited the greater prevalence of softer foods in our diet and mouth breathing as causes for these changes in the size of the jaw.
The book goes on to theorize that proper jaw alignment is a key component of oral health and overall wellness. In addition to limiting your susceptibility to crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, the authors suggest that well-aligned jaws also reduce your likelihood of developing a host of chronic ailments including heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
It’s never too late to correct a misaligned jaw
Even if you’re a full-grown adult, the ALF (Advanced Light Force) Appliance can help with both jaw alignment and straightening crooked teeth. This state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment method can guide your jaws into their preferred alignment, even widening your dental arches and encouraging a more open airway, which can cut down on your susceptibility to sleep breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.
ALF appliances are designed to apply force to the jaws and dental arch as nature intended. No two patients are the same, and neither are the ALF appliances. Our Raleigh dentist will select the best ALF appliance for your unique dental needs and make adjustments as necessary throughout your treatment.
Is the ALF appliance comfortable?
Yes, it is one of the only dental appliances that provide enough room for the tongue to rest properly against the roof of the mouth, without limiting speech or eating abilities.
How long will I wear my ALF appliance?
Typically, your ALF provider will recommend wearing the appliance 24/7, although it can be removed for cleaning and to brush and floss your teeth.
Is the ALF appliance noticeable?
No! The appliance is designed to be hidden behind your teeth, so it will not be noticeable by most people.
What are the age requirements for ALF appliances?
This treatment is beneficial for patients of all ages, even children. A child is old enough for an ALF appliance when he or she is able to comply with treatment. Adults also benefit from ALF appliances. There is no age limit.
ALF Appliances in Raleigh, Durham, and Cary
Not every dentist is able to provide ALF appliances too their patients. Our leading dentist at About Face Collaborative completed the training to be able to offer this revolutionary type of treatment to our patients in the areas of Raleigh, Durham, and Cary. To find out if this method of treatment can help you or a member of your family, give us a call at (919) 213-6330 to schedule a consultation today.