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Traditional orthodontics is primarily concerned with straightening teeth. Biologic Orthodontic Therapy, in contrast, encompasses the entire chewing system, which includes:
Unlike traditional orthodontics, Biologic Orthodontic Therapy addresses the causes of tooth wear, bad bites, and other chewing system problems, rather than just cosmetically treating the teeth and smile.
Drs. Amy and Todd Kinney are trained to integrate the most comprehensive examination and diagnostic protocols utilized in orthodontics and dentistry today. This process allows us to intervene as early as possible and ward off potential chewing system problems while minimizing the likelihood of retreatment in the future. Our approach allows chilren and adults alike to receive conservative treatment solutions, which often eliminate the need for tooth extractions, surgery, and/or cosmetic "cover-ups."
As co-founders of The Center for Advanced Biologic Dentistry (CABODENT), Drs. Amy and Todd Kinney are involved in teaching the priniciples and techniques of Biologic Orthodontic Treatment. Designed for the general dentist, orthodontist, or pediatric specialist, the CABODENT curriculum teaches how to provide comprehensive orthodontic diagnosis and treatment by integrating the Biologic principles of dynameic functional occlusion.
Amy and Todd 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 the optimal biologic health, and a smile that will last a lifetime.
We know you may have many questions regarding your or your child's orthodontic care. Our goal is to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and treatment available based on a health model of an opimal natural dentition. It is impossible to separate the relationship of the TMJs (jaw joints), teeth, muscles, and bite in effective orthodontic therapy. A healthy 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?
2. Will the diagnostic models of my teeth be mounted on a jaw simulator?
3. How will you determine the relationship of my teeth and jaw joint before, during, and after my treatment?
4. Will you be taking a CBCT as part of a diagnosis?
5. What is your plan to add form back to my teeth before completing my treatment?
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 a wire, which is held in place with an elastic band around the bracket. This wire is actually what causes the tooth to move. The wire is bent in a specific way to achieve the prescribed path to new tooth alignment. This method of orthodontics creates an incredible amount of friction between the brackets and wires. The high level of friction that is created often results in discomfort and often slower movement of the teeth. Thanks to the advances in orthodontic technology we now have a moroe revolutionary way of straightening teeth.
Dr. Dwight Damon created the Damon® Bracket System. The Damon® System uses a self-ligating technique, where lifther wires and lower friction brackets are used to move teeth. This technique results in faster treatment times due to its slide mechanism, strong mechanical base bonding, and solid walls structured to control tooth movement and efficiency.
The benefits of the Damon® Bracket System include:
- Faster treatment
- Fewer appointments
- Less discomfort
- Less root resorption
In addition to greater comfort, the Damon System makes it easier to maintain good hygiene because its easier to keep them clean. This contributes to greater health, happiness, and physical attractiveness for the duration of the treatment.