Is the ALF right for me?
- As you compare and contrast conventional orthodontics with ALF orthodontics please keep the following in mind:
- ALF therapy is most often provided by a highly trained general dentist or open-minded orthodontist with a focus on the dental-whole body connection
- ALF therapists often work in an integrated and multidisciplinary healthcare approach by utilizing the skills and training of like-minded but often separately trained professionals. These may include speech therapists, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, medical doctors and nutritional consultants. A team approach to healing often offers more opportunities than a single therapist can provide for their patient.
- Even though esthetics are a concern for most patients seeking ALF therapy, most who seek treatment with this appliance are searching for a whole-body health approach to orthodontics. Beautiful, healthy smiles are easily achieved with the ALF appliance.
- Because the ALF treats more than just the teeth and smile, ALF patients often report an improved sense of overall well-being, physical health, mental health and emotional stability after ALF therapy.
- Conventional orthodontics can be used in conjunction with the ALF appliance.
- The ALF is easier to wear and more hygienic for the patient to keep clean, therefore reducing the chance for cavities and gum disease as compared to conventional braces.
When considering the ALF appliance, your dentist or orthodontist may not be able to guide you if they are unfamiliar with the ALF. They will be able to offer their experience on the appliances and treatments they've been trained to use, but not on those that they have not.
We do not recommend ALF therapy for everyone as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare or orthodontics. To determine if you or your child is a candidate for ALF therapy, please arrange a consultation appointment and we will be happy to discuss your options with you.