What Separates Us From Other Fairfax Orthodontists?
Straight teeth and braces is what most people are referring to when they speak of orthodontics. While tooth alignment is the most obvious part of orthodontics, it is only one aspect of the entire orthodontic picture. Other components must be considered for complete and correct orthodontic result. Contact our Fairfax Orthodontist serving the Northern Virginia area.
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- What is biologic dentistry?
Biologic Dentistry recognizes and deals with the intimate relationship between the oral cavity (the mouth) and the rest of the body. Many diseases can have their origin in the oral cavity or are exacerbated by factors in the mouth, such as: toxic dental materials (mercury, nickel, fluoride, aluminum, etc.); infections of the teeth, gums, jaw bone or tonsils; jaw or tooth imbalances; or electrical currents generated by metal restorations. By resolving such issues in the oral cavity, illnesses can be prevented, resolved or more responsive to treatment.
One researched and well-documented example is the connection between gum disease and heart disease. Unhealthy gums produce high levels of bacteria, which are then transported by the bloodstream to the heart. The bacteria can then infect and alter the inner lining of the blood vessels within the heart. This begins the deposition of calcium and cholesterol within the vessels, which can form a blockage in the blood vessels and result in a heart attack.
- How do I schedule an initial appointment at Natural Horizons?
Natural Horizons’ highly trained medical and administrative staff is ready to help you. Simply call us to schedule a convenient time for your initial appointment. Our business hours are:
Monday – Friday: 8AM until 5PM
Saturday: 9AM until 12 Noon on most Saturdays
• Toll Free: (877) 292-1571
• Fax: (703) 267-6977
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Key Aspects of Orthodontics
When our orthodontists analyze and treat an patient the following are critical and must be taken into account; each and all of these factors are critical in treating an orthodontic patient and in evaluating how successful our orthodontists will be for that individual:
- The Bite (Occlusion) - In addition to aligning the teeth from left to right, ensuring that each tooth meets the opposing teeth (the bite or occlusion) correctly is also critical.
- Jaw Alignment - The maxillary (upper) jaw must align left to right, tipped up on one side or another, back and forward, and rotated left or right. The mandibular (lower) jaw must also have similar alignment consideration including how it meets the maxillary jaw.
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) - The functional and alignment condition of the TMJ the jaw joints where the lower jaw meets the skull is crucial because an incorrectly aligned and/or dysfunctional TMJ creates problems not only with the teeth, but with the rest of the body as well.
- Muscle Alignment, Tension and Jaw Function - These issues in the face, head and neck areas include muscles of the tongue, cheek and lips.
- Alignment of Cranium to Jaws, Neck and Entire Skeletal System - If the cranium, jaw and neck don t align correctly together, it can compromise any or all other areas of the skeletal system.
- Status of Gums (Periodontium) and Oral Hygiene Habits - Periodontal disease (gum infection) renders the teeth susceptible to eventual tooth loss, which is exacerbated by orthodontics.
- Status of Teeth (e.g. decay, fillings), Tonsils, Nervous and Immune Systems - Teeth must be absent of decay and incorrectly contoured restorations must be correctly aligned. Tonsils, which are swollen or infected, alter breathing patterns and eventually change muscle tension on the jaws and face this can significantly affect long-term alignment and stability of the teeth.
- Psychological Makeup of Patient - A person unwilling to cooperate with treatment recommendations or oral hygiene will render treatment unsuccessful since these lead to tooth and gum disease and incorrect orthodontic forces.
Orthodontic Procedural Overview
An orthodontic evaluation is necessary prior to orthodontic treatment. This includes a thorough examination with one of our orthodontists, impressions for models of the teeth and jaws, orthodontic X-rays and photographs. These "records" will allow a thorough evaluation to determine the overall treatment sequence, time of treatment and cost.
Alignment of the jaws, the cranium and the body usually precede tooth alignment because teeth are ultimately connected to these structures the whole system must work in synch. These alignments occur with a combination therapy of intra oral appliances and cranial therapies.
Tooth alignment is completed with traditional wires, brackets, and bands or a new type of aligning technique called Invisalign in which a progressive series of clear trays moves teeth toward a final alignment. This keeps patients from being branded by bands and wires and makes it easier to eat and clean the teeth.
Orthodontic therapy is critical for both aesthetics and proper function of the mouth. When a mouth is functioning properly the nervous system (autonomic and central) connected to the teeth can then function properly. Since the teeth, jaws and cranium affect the entire body, orthodontic treatment must include an overview of the entire structure.
Orthodontic evaluation and treatment is for people of ALL ages not just adolescents. Patients of different ages are treated differently because there are different factors affecting people at different ages (e.g. growth and function plus outcome desires and health issues).
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To arrange for thorough and comprehensive orthodontic evaluation and/or treatment, or to learn more about orthodontics and its impact on overall health of the entire body, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.