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 dysfunctional muscle functions which will be monitored with a night time functional retainer.
I used no extractions, and no surgery.
The case took total 8 months with braces for 7 months.
Why does my orthodontic treatment work?
Teeth have evolved for almost 100,000 to 200,000 years, since Homo sapiens appeared. Their numbers shapes, and sizes are configured so that they fit to the human facial structure for the best function. Thus, my goal of orthodontic treatment is to restore and maintain the normal configuration of the dental arch structure for the normal oral physiology.
So if the number, size and shape are altered in such cases of extraction and stripping, the natural proportional relationship of the dental arch to the skull structure will also be altered. With extraction and non-natural process, the treatment fails in terms of restoring the normal morphologic relationship between the dental arch and the facial anatomy.
Teeth are vital organs comprising the oral cavity in an arch form. Every single tooth, except the third molars, is the constituent of the arch configuration.
Have you been told you need extractions of teeth and/or jaw surgery?
If you have been told you need extractions, stripping of teeth or jaw surgery to improve problems with your teeth alignments, please feel free to contact me, or have your dentist contact me for a consultation.
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If you know someone who has similar problems that this patient had, who has also been told she or he needs jaw surgery, please have her or him contact my office to schedule a consultation.
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Topics: Adult Orthodontics