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ALF Orthopedic Expansion

Balancing the skull bones helps ensure a more normal neurologic and spinal function throughout the patient’s life.

The conventional orthodontic treatment recommends the extraction of four healthy bicuspid teeth for a 12-year-old, Melissa T. to make room for the crowded remaining teeth. The crowding was created by the underdevelopment of the patient’s dental arches.

By removing teeth the genetic potential for growth of the patient’s jaws would be compromised. When teeth are extracted and then the upper front six anteriors are retracted, the skull becomes jammed.

Since the sutures, spaces between the skull bones, are viable structures (nerves, blood vessels, and fibers) the contents become compressed creating neurologic (potential for chronic pain) and structural problems (scoliosis, disc compression, and herniation).

Non-Extraction 2.3 Years Treatment

A viable alternative is the use of ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functional) appliances.

Since there is no bulky plastic there is no speech problem. It is easy to clean. The patient does not remove it. The forces generated are light, therefore, reducing pain.

The concept is very simple: with light gentle forces, the skull bones will expand and growth stimulated.

With increased jaw space there is now room to guide the crowed teeth into a corrected position with conventional orthodontic braces.

The other major key is that the ALF appliance must be adjusted at each visit to realign the skull bones. By so doing the foundation of the skull (maxillae- upper dental arch) is leveled.

This leveling is important in reducing the amount of relapsing of the teeth into their old crooked position.

Balancing the skull bones helps ensure a more normal neurologic and spinal function throughout the patient’s life.

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About The Author

Dr. Gerald H. Smith is certified by the World Organization for Natural Medicine to practice natural medicine globally. He is also a certified dental practitioner. His broad base of post-graduate training in dentistry and natural medicine enabled him to integrate many health care specialties.

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