BIOLOGIC ORTHODONTIC THERAPY
Biologic Orthodontic Therapy integrates the art and science of creating beautiful faces, smiles and optimal biology into the practice of contemporary orthodontics. Biologic Orthodontics is about more than just straight teeth. Biologic Orthodontics takes into account the entire chewing system. Unlike traditional orthodontics, which focuses on aligning crooked or uneven teeth, Biologic Orthodontics incorporates thorough diagnosis and treatment of the entire chewing system to create the healthy, beautiful and functional results that nature intended.
BIOLOGIC VS. TRADITIONAL ORTHODONTICS
Traditional Orthodontics is mainly concerned with just straightening teeth. Biologic Orthodontics Therapy encompasses the entire chewing system, which includes:
- The health and function of the jaw joints (TMJs)
- Neuromuscular physiology
- Airway, speech, tongue and lips
- Upper and lower jaw relationships to the skull
- The bone and gums that support the teeth
- Smile and facial esthetics
- Longevity and lasting natural beauty of tooth form and function
- The overall relationship of the head and neck to the entire body
- Precise alignment and arrangement of teeth for proper function
Unlike traditional orthodontics, Biologic Orthodontic Therapy also addresses the causes of tooth wear, bad bites and other chewing system problems, rather than just cosmetically treating the teeth and smile.
Dr. Clark recognizes that successful and predictable esthetic dentistry must be functional and in harmony with all parts of the chewing system. Dr. Clark is uniquely trained to accurately diagnose problems with the chewing system and provide the most conservative dental therapies necessary to correct the underlying causes of tooth wear, not just the symptoms. As a Bioesthetic Dentist, Dr. Clark can help you preserve the function and provide lasting natural beauty of your teeth and smile for a lifetime. Bioesthetic Dentistry may help you if you have any of the following concerns:
- Unattractive smile
- Worn, chipped, cracked or broken teeth and dental work
- Headaches or migraines
- Painful facial or neck muscles
- Upper back or shoulder pain
- Jaw joint soreness or pain
- Difficulty or pain with chewing
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Jaw popping or clicking or grating noises
- Loose teeth or receding gums and bone
- Shifting bite
- Ear pain, congestion or ringing in the ears
5 Simple Questions
GETTING A SECOND OPINION
We know you may have many questions regarding your or your child’s orthodontic care. As we have stated, our goal is to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and treatment available based on a health model of an optimal natural dentition. It is impossible to separate the relationships of the TMJs (jaw joints), teeth, muscles and bite in orthodontic therapy. A health model includes the position and stability of the jaw joint, the relationship of the teeth and bite to this complex joint, and the function of the teeth when they have their complete unworn natural forms. Below is outlined some questions for you to consider when seeking additional information or a second opinion.
1. What are your treatment goals and will it emulate the Biologic Health Model?
In order to accurately evaluate the relationship of the upper and lower jaws, teeth, and joints, it is essential to utilize an articulator with a facebow recording and mounted models of the teeth.
2. Will the diagnostic models of my teeth be mounted on a jaw simulator to accurately evaluate the position of my jaw joints and health of my bite?
Jaw Joint (TMJ) health and position are most critical for long lasting, stable results. The relationship of the teeth to the joints cannot be separated.
3. How will you determine this relationship before, during, and after my treatment?
By using 3-D digital imaging, called a CBCT, we can evaluate the health of the TMJ’s, the bones of the skull, bone around the teeth, airway, sinuses, and nasal passages to determine if there are any problems present in the soft tissues or skeleton. A complete TMJ, skeletal, chewing, and airway evaluation is a critical part of our diagnosis, as it should be for all orthodontic treatment.
4. Will you be taking a CBCT to evaluate these important areas for a diagnosis?
Many patients, especially adults, have some tooth wear prior to treatment. Crowded and/or worn teeth do not meet each other in the same fashion as straight biologically aligned teeth. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to confirm proper jaw position and restore tooth form after orthodontic alignment for optimal health. A Bioesthetic trained professional is required to perform such treatment. Dental restorations or tooth additions are not available in the traditional orthodontic office, since their practice is limited to tooth movement only.
5. What is your plan to add form back to my teeth before finishing my treatment?
Many orthodontic offices see a large number of patients and it is quite common in these offices to have auxiliary personnel providing care, but not in our office. I personally provide all orthodontic care and evaluate the progress and tooth relationships at every appointment. Proper TMJ position will be monitored and maintained before, during and after orthodontic treatment. The ultimate goal is to help you have optimal biologic health and a smile that will last a lifetime.
Damon® Bracket System.
Traditional braces apply moderate pressure to encourage or facilitate tooth movement. After the bracket is bonded to the tooth it serves as a handle that is used to attach an arch wire. The arch wire is actually what causes the tooth to move. The wire is bent in a specific way to achieve the prescribed path to new alignment. This traditional method of orthodontics creates an incredible amount of friction between the brackets and wires. Thanks to the advancement in today’s technology, we now have a more revolutionary way of straightening teeth.
Dr. Dwight Damon created the new Damon® Bracket System. The Damon® System uses a self-ligation technique using lighter wires and lower friction brackets to move teeth, while resulting in faster treatment times due to its slide mechanism, strong, mechanical base bonding and solid walls structured to control tooth movement with speed and efficiency.
Benefits of Damon® Braces:
- Faster treatment
- Fewer appointments
- More comfortable
- Less root resorption
In addition to greater comfort, the Damon® System makes it easier to maintain good hygiene because it’s easier to keep clean. This contributes to greater health, happiness and physical attractiveness for the duration of patient treatment. For more information, click on the video below.
Vector TAS Temporary Anchorage Devices
We are aware of the benefits and dramatic changes orthodontics can make to a person’s smile and face, and are equally aware that braces are limited to the severity of conditions they can treat. In those instances where braces cannot be used to correct a person’s smile and/or bite, Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD) are used.
This revolutionary technique combines the art and science of orthodontics and implant technology. Using small metal pins that are placed in the jaw bone, Dr. Clark is able to move teeth in ways that weren’t possible before.
TADs are normally only used when no other treatment option will provide optimal results or to provide a faster, more efficient treatment plan.
Benefits of TADs:
- Gives the ability to move one or several teeth, thus eliminating the need for full braces in some cases.
- Proven to be cost effective. Saves thousands of dollars by closing spaces between missing or extracted teeth, which would have led to future expensive dental treatments (implants).
- Helps to avoid jaw surgery in teens and adults.
- Can provide a faster treatment in some cases.
- Allows for certain tooth movements that would have otherwise been impossible with conventional orthodontic treatments.