Did you know that Controlled Arch orthodontics can enhance your facial appearance, improve the function of your mouth and jaw, and prevent issues such as sleep apnea and TMJ? Neuromuscular dentists use Controlled Arch orthodontics which focuses on oral foundation and anatomy to address and correct jaw formation, alignment issues, and crowded teeth.
The result? A broader smile, beautifully straight teeth, and a more youthful appearance.
What is Controlled Arch orthodontics?
In childhood and adolescence, our jaw and facial features are growing at a rapid rate. This time in a patient’s life is crucial and can dictate any potential oral issues. Patterns, genetics, behaviour, and environmental circumstances can disrupt the intended and natural development of our teeth and face. In fact, research shows that environmental factors such as pollution can impact mandibular height and facial symmetry.
Controlled Arch Orthodontics is the study of how we can influence the body to tap into the natural development pathways of our facial structure. Because our teeth grow in synchronicity with our tongue, cheek, and jaw muscles, crooked teeth often lead to other issues such as jaw pain, TMJ, and asymmetrical facial features. Controlled Arch braces are designed to simulate how our teeth and jaw were intended to grow and function rather than simply straightening the teeth.
What to expect with Controlled Arch orthodontics
As with all orthodontic procedures, Controlled Arch braces begin with an initial consultation. At Pittsburgh Dentist, you will see Dr. Alexandra George who will assess your mouth, teeth, and jaw and ask you questions about any issues you may have such as pain, discomfort, trouble breathing, difficulty sleeping, and more.
Good candidates for Controlled Arch braces are patients in their teen and adult years who have narrow positioning of their existing teeth. With traditional braces, what often happens is that patients who have crowded teeth are advised to extract one or two teeth to make room for the teeth to be straightened. This can lead to the jaw shifting over time and cause pain, TMJ, breathing problems, sleep issues, and more.
With Controlled Arch orthodontics:
- The system uses large lingual arches to expand the molars and archwires to expand the arch.
- The appliances are similar to that of traditional braces, with the main difference being in the pattern of pressure that is applied to the teeth.
- The technique widens the arched shape of the teeth to increase space in the mouth and move the jaw to its intended position.
- The goal is to focus on expansion by addressing the jaw and widening the bite first before straightening the teeth.
- Potential problems with incorrect bite alignment are avoided because the arches and archwires are designed to create more room.
Controlled Arch braces have a more predictable movement pattern and timeframe, which can reduce treatment time to about a third less than that of traditional braces. After the treatment is complete, patients can expect an improved facial appearance, a wider smile, improved TMJ symptoms, and reduced sleep apnea – all as a result of expanding the jaw and mimicking natural development.
Where to find Controlled Arch Orthodontic services in Wexford, PA
At Pittsburgh Dentist, we are experts at Controlled Arch appliances as part of our Facial Growth orthodontic services. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and find out if you’re a candidate for Controlled Arch braces.