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A Very Complicated Orthodontic Case for a Young Female Child

A young female child with a much larger lower jaw than her upper jaw. An adolescent female was referred to my practice by her dentist, and brought with her a very complicated case. She had an underbite with large lower jaw compare to upper jaw.  To make her case extremely difficult, she had a cross bite with an openbite that she had insufficient  bite and had difficulty in eating, swallowing, mouth breathing, articulating and sleep. If Traditional Treatment Was Used If this child was treated using traditional orthodontics, she would have had to endure splitting apart of her right and left palate and opening between the oral and nasal cavity.In addition, she would have had to have had jaw surgery. Her treatment duration would have been lengthy and require multiple orthodontic treatments.  Since the she was not ready for the jaw surgery due to her ongoing developmental stage, her braces would have been [...]

By | 2017-06-08T17:55:56+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Case Studies, Dental Arch, Dentometric Analysis|Comments Off on A Very Complicated Orthodontic Case for a Young Female Child

11 Week Orthodontic Treatment for a 13 Year Old Girl

She was told she needed 4 teeth extracted and would wear braces for a few years. A 13 year old patient came to my practice in February of 2015. Here treatment started in March of 2015. She had been seen by other orthodontists who all told her she needed to have 4 teeth extracted and that she would be wearing braces for a few years.   If Traditional Treatment Was Used Had she taken the advice of the other orthodontists, with extractions of her premolars, she would have had a more gummy smile and her lip would have the reverse simile line.   The extraction site would have the permanent bone damage with " vertical defect." In addition, she would have the deep overbite which would worsen over time. Additionally, she would have been wearing braces for at least a few years. Dr. Lee's Treatment My treatment methodology generally results [...]

By | 2017-05-31T00:52:01+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Case Studies, Dental Arch|Comments Off on 11 Week Orthodontic Treatment for a 13 Year Old Girl

Child With a Severe Openbite in Braces Less Than 5 Months

The importance of addressing certain orthodontic problems at an early age. A young girl was referred to my office was referred by her friends mother who also had treatment at my office. The young girl had what is called a servere anterior openbite. The good news is that she got to start her orthodontic treatment early before she lost all of her baby teeth. The benefit of such early treatment, which is reffered as Phase I, is that the dental aligment can be improved by guiding the proper growth and adressing the underlying functional issues. Her anterior openbite is due to the oral dysfunction, which is triggered by the misuse of the oral and facial muscles. In such cases, not only the appearance of the way teeth are aligned is affected, but also the functions of oral and nasal cavities are significantly affected. The anterior openbite impacts on the spontaneous [...]

By | 2017-05-29T21:54:13+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Case Studies, Dental Arch|Comments Off on Child With a Severe Openbite in Braces Less Than 5 Months

An Adult Woman With Severely Crooked Teeth Treated in Less Than 10 Months

Crooked teeth due to Structural Deformity of the Dental Arch An adult woman came to me to avoid the surgery and extraction of her permanent teeth. Her chief complaints were the gummy smile and crooked teeth. My clinical findings were the displacement of the mucosal tissue at the corner of the mouth and severe crowding on her upper and lower dental arches due to the deformation of the arch form. With a conventional orthodontic treatment plan, this patients arch form would have been accepted as her normal arch form. Because of this, she was told to have her palate surgically splitted and teeth pulled to alleviate the crowding. The traditional orthodontic treatment would have result in making her teeth straight, but on a deformed dental arch. Treatment Plan My treatment methodology follows a logical progression. I determine the natural dental arch form belonging to the patient. Using my Dentometric appliance™, I reshape the patient's dental arch to its normal shape. Once [...]

By | 2017-05-26T02:44:14+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Case Studies, Dental Arch, Dentometric Analysis|Comments Off on An Adult Woman With Severely Crooked Teeth Treated in Less Than 10 Months

Young Professional Adult Male with a Long Lower Jaw

A young professional with a combination of underbite and openbite avoided complicated surgical procedures. A young professional adult was referred to my practice by his dentist for orthodontic treatment. When he came to me, he had an underbite. He also had no bite, meaning, his upper and lower teeth did not meet. Traditional Treatment In cases like this young man's, traditional treatment normally includes multiple surgical procedures. The surgery would have included a sagital split surgery on his palate to make it wider. He also would have had to wear a rapid palatal expansion (RPE) on his palate. This comes with an antomical side effect of opening up his suture which would interupt the barrier betwen the mouth and nasal cavity, as well as possible scaring. After this initial surgery, he would have had to wear braces for at least 18 months. After that period of time, he would have [...]

By | 2017-05-26T02:35:53+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Case Studies, Dental Arch|Comments Off on Young Professional Adult Male with a Long Lower Jaw

Orthodontic Treatment for a Woman With an Adult Crossbite

An adult woman at risk for breaking her teeth. An adult woman with a severe crossbite was referred to my practice by one of my former patients. She presented a difficult case that included: Tissue damage A Crossbite An Openbite An Underbite Since her front teeth were in a constant state of oclusal trauma, she was at risk of breaking her teeth. If Traditional Treatment Was Used In this case, had the patient received a more traditional orthodontic treatment plan, she would have had to endure: Surgery to split the palate Extractions of vital teeth Possible jaw breaking surgery Her treatment plan would have likely taken a minimum of three years. Dr. Lee's Treatment For this patient, as with may of my patients, I had to first reshape the upper arch according to her biological dimensions. I started her lower arch with braces to fit the upper. She has the [...]

By | 2017-05-24T22:01:32+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Orthodontic Treatment for a Woman With an Adult Crossbite

Doctor Sue Lee’s Palate Appliance for Orthodontics

Dr. Sue S. Lee has developed the Dentometrics Theory and analysis, introducing the concept of re-shaping the dental arch. Its purpose is to provide the technique to better understanding of the human mouth as a simple solution to orthodontic care that results in shorter duration of wearing braces without pulling teeth or expanding the suture between the palates. This re-shaping of the arch form is carried by SLPA that is unique to Dr. Lee’s practice. Currently, it is common to extract teeth, split the palates to expand, and wear braces for multiple years. The Dental community views the position of the teeth as the cause of crowding and malocclusion. The mode of treatment is reactive, such that most dentists and orthodontists wait until all the adult teeth are developed within the oral cavity;  thereby allowing the possibilities of impaction, resorption of roots, of permanent teeth, deviation of jaw, adverse effect on [...]

By | 2017-05-24T21:57:37+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Dental Arch, Dentometric Analysis|Comments Off on Doctor Sue Lee’s Palate Appliance for Orthodontics

Able to avoid the tooth extraction with reshaping of the dental arch back to its normal form.

A young boy came to my practice from a patient referral. The boy had a number of problems that originated from a deformed dental arch. He had severe deep overbite He had crooked upper teeth He had a big gap at the corner of his lips He had crowding, especially on his lower dental arch. In order for the to premolars to come in, he needed his teeth pulled to make room. The orthodontist he had seen before coming to my office indeed recommended that he have some teeth extracted.   If you look closely at his x-ray, you can see that the premolars didn't have room to erupt properly. With the extraction plan, his smile and the deep overbite would not improve. My opinion is that he did not need the extraction. He had enough space for all his teeth. What he needed was to have his arch form adjusted back to a normal shape. [...]

By | 2017-05-24T18:49:03+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Able to avoid the tooth extraction with reshaping of the dental arch back to its normal form.

Able to treat the patient without surgically removing any of her teeth.

This patient is the younger sister of one of my existing patients. When she would sit in the waiting area of my office, I noticed that her jaw was deviated. At the time she became my patient, she was a little under 7 years old. In addition to, and as a result of her structural issues, her medical history showed that she was suffering from frequent colds and ear infections. Initial Examination The image  below is what I saw when I initially examined her mouth. You don't have to be a dentist to notice that something was not right. Her upper and lower teeth were not aligned. Her teeth were crooked and she was definitely suffering from a deformation process. Treatment Plan As is part of my typical treatement plan, before I worry about how the teeth are fitting, I examine how the dental arch form is configured in relation to [...]

By | 2017-05-24T18:39:16+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Case Studies|0 Comments