ALF stands for Airway Focused, Lingual Oral Rest Posture and Facial Growth Guidance.
ALF is a holistic orthodontic treatment oriented to the whole body.

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CAUSES OF CROOKED TEETH

  • Low tongue resting posture and non-functional swallowing
  • Restricted airway and mouth breathing
  • Cranial strains, stresses and tensions in the head and neck area
  • Poor diet

WHY IS ALF ORTHODONTICS DIFFERENT?

The ALF appliance encourages proper tongue position and function by stimulating it to the top of the mouth, augments cranial motion, is airway focused, and subtly creates the natural space required for ALL the teeth and helps to reorient the cranial bones and muscles prior to leveling and aligning the teeth.
In essence, the ALF encourages the muscles, bones, and teeth in the cranial complex to reach their more complete genetic potential. In Quantum ALF (advanced light force) orthodontics, the ALF appliance and treatment address the underlying causes of “WHY” the teeth are crooked.

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WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ALF?

  • Children ages 4-14 who need orthodontics
  • Children with crooked teeth, crossbites, deep bites, overbites, underbites and buck teeth
  • Anyone that wants to improve tooth alignment
  • People with previous orthodontic treatment that included tooth extractions or headgear
  • People who experience TMJ problems
  • Mouth breathers, kids with sleep disordered breathing

ALF ORTHODONTICS CAN HELP WITH:

  • Poor concentration
  • Hyperactivity
  • Speech delays
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Facial formation
  • Chronic headaches
  • Feeding issues
  • Irritability

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ALF TREATMENT?

  • Growing children who have crooked or crowded teeth, underbites, overbites,crossbites and an inability to breathe through their nose
  • Children with sleep disordered breathing
  • Anyone that wants a holistic approach to gaining straighter teeth, wants to avoid extractions and the stress of rapid palatal expanders in traditional orthodontics
  • The ALF therapy treats the root causes of certain health conditions such as bed wetting, snoring, allergies, and hyperactivity and at the same time, straightens teeth!

ALF Benefits

ADDRESS UNDERDEVELOPED JAW

Braces are still the most effective way of straightening teeth, however they do not address many of the problems causing the crooked teeth. Most orthodontic problems, particularly crowded teeth and an underdeveloped lower jaw, are caused by habits such as mouth breathing and tongue thrusting. If these habits are not corrected, treatment time and the necessity for retainers will be increased. Once the braces are removed the teeth can crowd up again (known as relapse). Relapse can occur even with the best retainers. It is important to be better informed about the advantages and disadvantages of braces.

BETTER SLEEP & FOCUS IN SCHOOL

Sleep problems because of difficulty breathing in children is a much more critical and common problem than what has previously been thought. It can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms that can be easily overlooked, misdiagnosed, and most unfortunately left untreated. And if your children don’t have a good night sleep, they will have a hard time concentrating in school the next day.
The Myobrace & ALF system educates them to identify the symptoms, understand the underlying root cause, and create a treatment plan that both cures the breathing disorders and corrects the orthodontic condition.

STRAIGHT TEETH WITHOUT BRACES

Myobrace & ALF treatment does not involve wearing braces or using complex and uncomfortable dental appliances 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wearing a Myobrace & ALF appliance for one to two hours each day and while sleeping, combined with a few simple yet effective exercises each day is all it takes for a real change to occur, and to avoid needing braces in most cases.

CORRECT ORAL & BREATHING HABITS

One of the most important aspects of Myobrace & ALF treatment is correcting bad oral habits, and getting patients to breathe through their nose. As well as improving the alignment of the teeth, breathing through your nose can also lead to improved overall health. Breathing through your mouth does not offer any form of filter for the air entering your throat and lungs; and potentially allows germs and bacteria to enter. Breathing through your nose allows the nose to act as a natural filter for the throat and lungs, filtering out some of the daily germs and bacteria that you are exposed to. This can help to lessen the occurrence of asthma and allergies.

How Does It Work ?

How Does It Work ?

Straight Teeth Without Braces!

9 out of 10 children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws

Preventative Early Orthodontic Treatment

Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or hereditary factors. Dr. Merrily Sandford knows the symptoms of mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing, thumb sucking and open mouth posture contribute to incorrect jaw development.

She will address the root cause and treat her patients by developing, guiding and straightening their teeth into the position that nature intended.

Just getting braces, with or without extractions, does not address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. This is why once the braces are removed, the teeth usually crowd up again, unless poor oral habits are corrected. This is why treatment with braces alone commonly results in the need for life-long retainers.

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Preventative Early Orthodontic Treatment

Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or hereditary factors. Dr. Merrily Sandford knows the symptoms of mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing, thumb sucking and open mouth posture contribute to incorrect jaw development.

She will address the root cause and treat her patients by developing, guiding and straightening their teeth into the position that nature intended.

Just getting braces, with or without extractions, does not address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. This is why once the braces are removed, the teeth usually crowd up again, unless poor oral habits are corrected. This is why treatment with braces alone commonly results in the need for life-long retainers.

  • Gently straighten teeth without braces and the discomfort of wires and bands.
  • Correct overbite, overjet, rotation, crowding, spacing, open-bite and cross-bite.
  • Financial savings compared to the cost of braces or Invisalign.
  • Expanding arches to proper shape and proportion allows for ideal spacing for all teeth, providing a healthy, strong and beautiful smile – for years to come!
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Dr. Merrily Sandford provides an orthodontic solution by treating her patients with a comfortable, clear appliance that is worn during the night, to provide preventive care for children while they sleep preventing the need for braces later on in their lives.

Straight Teeth In Months Not Years, Without Wire Braces!

Overjet Case

Overjet is corrected by allowing the lower jaw to develop in a forward and downward direction. With the advancement of the lower jaw, the profile of the child improves and the airway is enlarged to create nasal breathing and address sleep disordered breathing.

Crowding Case

The appliance system guides and corrects the eruption of the incoming teeth by naturally expanding the arch to provide room for these teeth, or it can straighten the teeth that are already present, and develop proper swallowing. This allows for proper breathing, an expanded airway, and straight teeth.

Class III Case

Class III is corrected by allowing the force of the tongue to move the upper arch in a forward direction. The movement of the jaws in a forward direction also opens the patient’s airway.

Straight Teeth the natural way with results that will last a lifetime!

Interceptive orthodontic treatment can take place when patients have primary teeth or mixed dentition (baby and permanent teeth). Interceptive Orthodontic preventative approach consists of:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth.
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth.
  • Enhancing your child’s self esteem throughout elementary and middle school.
  • Checking for signs of Sleep Disordered Breathing.
  • Often eliminates the need for wire braces as a teenage or adult.

The Importance of Preventative Orthodontics

Orthodontics for children at an early age can be a valuable asset in correcting current orthodontic problems as well as preventing future malocclusion. Holding teeth straight while the fibers develop around them, keeps the correction and resists relapse! Treating these problems at such an early age provides beautiful smiles, stronger self-confidence and results that will last a lifetime.

A Note about Sleep Disordered Breathing

This appliance treatment helps open your child’s airway, treating and preventing Sleep Disordered Breathing. If your child has any of the following symptoms, ask us for an assessment!

  • Bed Wetting
  • Restless Sleep
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Nightmares
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty in School
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Stunted Growth
  • Day time Drowsiness
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Overbite/Underdeveloped Lower Jaw
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Chronic Allergies

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