What is Non-Surgical Orthodontics?
Non-surgical orthodontics, also known as Face Forward Orthodontics, works to correct misalignments or other abnormalities in the upper jaw and lower jaws without invasive treatments that can be painful and require extended healing time. Combining non-surgical orthodontics with orthodontic treatment can work to improve speech, breathing, chewing and overall appearance for both children and adults.
What types of treatments are used in non-surgical orthodontics?
Below are a couple of examples of non-surgical treatments that can transform the structure and growth of the bones of the face to correct TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, and overall aesthetics. Non-surgical treatments are working to develop bone and to move the teeth forward as treatment progresses. Many patients experience relief from TMJ pain as the jaw continues to develop and follow the maxilla.
Anterior Modeling Appliance (ARA)
An Anterior Modeling Appliance, or ARA, can be used to permanently expand your jaw or correct other orthodontic concerns that may be obstructing an open airway. This means that you can simply balance the bones of the face and teeth to help breathe better and sleep better. In addition, the ARA develops bone through a biological process that creates bone for a more developed, balanced, and beautiful face. With the use of this painless orthodontic appliance, Dr. Coats can monitor the growth of your jaw to help with sleep apnea and also with straightening your teeth and improving facial aesthetics.
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DNA Appliance® System (Daytime Nighttime Appliance) System
Similar to orthodontic retainers, the DNA Appliance® (Daytime Nighttime Appliance) system engages your underlying genetic configuration to remodel the structure and growth of the upper and lower jaw, including the temporomandibular joints. The optimal growth and development provided by the DNA system can have a positive effect on TMJ dysfunction, sleep apnea and overall appearance.
Myobrace® utilizes light intermittent forces and myofunctional techniques to address poor muscular habits that can be the underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor jaw development. BPA free and made of medical grade silicone, Myobrace® removable dental appliances are typically worn for 1-2 hours during the day and while sleeping.
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How do I know if I am a candidate for non-surgical orthodontics?
Speak with Dr. Coats about your CBCT and the measuring space needed to develop the face and jaw structure. Each person is different and your candidacy for non-surgical orthodontics is determined from cephlometric tracings that help determine the amount of growth needed. Basically we are developing bone and moving the teeth forward. Yes it can happen! Many patients experience pain reduction from the TMJ as the jaw develops and begins to follows the maxilla.
How does non-surgical orthodontics differ from surgical orthodontics?
Unlike non-surgical orthodontics, surgical orthodontics can involve multiple invasive procedures such as an osteotomy (bone cutting), bone grafts, or distraction osteogenesis (stretching of the bone) and orthodontic (braces) care. Non-surgical orthodontics treatment occurs in stages and the course of treatment can last a few months up to one year or more.