Align Your Teeth With ALF Orthodontics in Leesburg, VA
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ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functionals) is a holistic procedure that addresses the underlying causes of crooked teeth in a way that is oriented towards the whole body. Crooked teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, such as poor diet, cranial stressors, low tongue posture, and/or having a restricted airway. ALF is a distinct and innovative procedure that uses light flexible wires to address these issues and assist in the development of the upper jaw and midface, which increases the likelihood of avoiding tooth extraction.
Using principles of cranial osteopathy, ALF advances the mandible and promotes changes in muscle function to achieve stable results in improving a patient’s posture. Rather than traditional braces, patients receiving ALF treatment are fitted with a custom-made removable appliance.
At Lansdowne Dental Care, we recognize that every patient has a unique smile, and we are committed to working diligently to help you get fitted with a personalized ALF appliance that is designed for your specific mouth. If you or your family member are scheduled for ALF therapy, or if you have any questions about ALF, please contact us at 703.844.4403.
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Cranial Osteopathy and Orofacial Myology
Though not required, the most effective approach to ALF orthodontics is in combination with Cranial Osteopathy and Orofacial Myology. Combing these two treatments helps release tension and stress throughout the body by promoting the stabilization of the jaws and mouth, as well as the stomatognathic system.
Cranial osteopathy is form of treatment that focuses on whole-body motion and can be used to help people of all ages. This form of treatment is founded in the understanding that the key to optimizing your health is to ensure that the whole body is function as one unit and is properly balanced. Cranial osteopaths specialize in
diagnosing strains and stresses that are negatively impacting your health and wellbeing, and focuses on treating tendons, ligaments, muscles, and the circulatory and nervous systems. Cranial osteopathy, in conjunction with ALF, can help address the following issues:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck and Back pain
- Sciatica and leg pain
- Pains and aches associated with pregnancy
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Work Injuries
- Sport Injuries
- Joint and muscle pain
- TMJ/ Jaw Pain
Orofacial myology is often described as a reeducation of the oral facial muscles that is accomplished through progressive exercises designed to correct the strength, motor patterning, and position of the face, jaw, neck, and oral cavity. This approach helps promote stability of the mouth and jaws, and can address common oral issues such as incorrect chewing, excessive jaw tension, tongue thrust, and other related issues. Working with an OMT specialist will help you become more aware of harmful habits and how to develop proper functional posture.