ALF: Advanced Lightwire Functional orthodontic appliance is A New Treatment Concept For The Correction of T.M.J. Pain, Misaligned Teeth and Jaws, Chronic Headaches and Facial Pain, Neck and Back pain!
History of Advanced Lightwire Functional | A.L.F. Appliances
The A.L.F. appliance was originated and designed by Dr. Darick Nordstrom of Hollister, California in the early 1980’s.
Dr. Nordstrom recognised the need to provide more than just an aesthetic alignment of the teeth, but also other structures that were attached to the teeth: upper jaw (maxillae) and skull bones. He soon discovered that by correcting the upper jaw and the bite, patients noted relief and disappearance of chronic headaches, neck, shoulder and lower back pains and other seemingly unrelated symptoms: PMS, fatigue, digestion problems, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, etc.
This major breakthrough establishes dentistry’s role in restoring patient function, health and improving their quality of life.
A.L.F. Treatment Philosophy
Dr Nathan Le orthodontic treatment philosophy is aligned with Dr. Nordstrom’s belief: a less bulky, light wire removable appliance would prove more beneficial than existing devices. The A.L.F. appliance could be fitted to the dental arches and apply a continuous light force to the skull bones and teeth. Orthodontic treatment has proven clinically that continuous light forces applied to the teeth and skull bones have a more beneficial effect than applying heavy continuous forces. The Arndt-Schulz Law is well stated in the 26th edition of Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary: “Weak stimuli increase physiological activity and very strong stimuli inhibit or abolish activity.” This concept is supported and has been clinically verified by use of homeopathic medicines (more dilute substances cause a strong healing change”, micro-currents (extremely low levels of electrical currents cause a greater healing response), natural vitamin supplements cause a better healing response), etc. The A.L.F. appliance follow the Arndt-Schultz Law by applying a light, continuous force to the teeth and skull bones.
Purpose of the A.L.F. Appliances
1. Correct distortions of the skull
2. Correct distortions of the maxilla (upper jaw bone); and
3. Correct the alignment of the upper and lower teeth to improve the bite.
Structural distortions of the skull bones can develop from birthing trauma, genetics, misalignments that result from loose teeth or premature loss of teeth, auto accidents and contact sports or any trauma to the head. The appliance can also be used to treat upper neck; shoulder or even lower back problems since mal-position of the teeth directly affect these areas as well as many other body functions.
Benefits of the A.L.F. Appliances
• Aesthetics and Comfort
• Less frequent adjustments and surgery visits
• Unhampered speech.
• Allow and encourage normal tongue function during treatment.
• Reduced tooth soreness during tooth movement
• Quicker results since appliances are constantly worn
• Easy to clean
Below are examples of the life changing results that we has achieved with some of our Orthodontic patients
If you or your children are in the Kempsey area and have any orthodontic inquiries, call Kempsey Dental Centre today on 65631313 for your FREE consultation. We can help!
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