Alex practices ‘full face orthodontics’. Simply put, this means that the ultimate goal of any orthodontic treatment is to improve balance and symmetry in the patient’s face as well as correcting alignment of the teeth. Full face orthodontics can lead to a broader smile and takes into consideration the function of the jaw joints. Alex is also keen on early treatment around the age of 8 years or older, as many of the goals of full face orthodontics can be achieved more successfully at this age. Straightening the teeth not only improves the aesthetics of the smile but it also improves the efficiency of the teeth. Also, straighter teeth are easier to clean and can be better for overall oral health and wellness.
Alex offers many types of orthodontic treatments including:
- Early interceptive braces, using appliances for younger children
- Damon fixed braces in the adult dentition
- Lingual braces (braces hidden on the inside of your teeth)
- Invisalign (invisable clear retainer type braces)
The Damon System is based on a unique treatment philosophy that goes beyond straight teeth. The Damon system allows the practitioner to take the whole patient into account: the shape of your face and your profile. It results in fuller attractive smiles.
Many people see a noticeable change not just in their teeth, but in their entire face. They call it the Damon System Bracelift™ - and it produces:
- A fuller, wider smile
- Better facial balance and aesthetics
- Smoother cheek contours which make narrow smiles look fuller and more inviting
- Fewer dark triangles within the corners of your mouth
- Straighter, less crowded & crooked teeth
- Improved profiles…for a more youthful look at any age!
Many patients begin to see these dramatic results in as little as 10 weeks.
This system is for teenagers and adults considering braces and who want the advantages of using non-traditional braces to improve their smiles in a discreet yet affordable manner.
Early Interceptive Braces
Early interceptive orthodontics in simple terms means changing the size, shape and relationship of the bones of the face and the jaws. This can be done in the mixed dentition in young children. The ideal time to start treatment is at the developmental age of eight, as we surf in on the growth curve or growth spurt and redirect growth back to normal.
The objectives for early orthodontics are to reduce crowding by widening the upper and lower jaws, resulting in straighter teeth, and also a healthy jaw joint, a balanced face and a full smile supporting the lips, cheeks and housing the tongue comfortably in the vault of the upper jaw.
Early treatment would typically make use of functional removable or fixed appliances, lasting between 6 to 18 months. It does not always rule out the need for braces later, as rotated and tipped teeth may still need to be corrected, but it prepares the bone and the jaws so that if braces are needed it will be a quick finishing procedure as most of the corrections are accomplished using functional appliances.