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ALF & Crozat Appliances

alf crozat applianceScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Are you looking to straighten teeth without braces? Are you concerned about your child’s facial and jaw development? Have you or your child been diagnosed with narrow dental arches or possible airway problem, such as sleep apnea? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from a course of therapy using either the ALF or Crozat appliances, as overseen by Drs. Max and Ariana Ebrahimian at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry.

What do the Crozat and ALF have in common?

Both are different versions of light wire appliances, a term that applies to any orthodontic appliance that uses small gauge labial wires. Loops are formed into the wire to provide both expansion and contraction, while also allowing the bands of wires to be fitted to individual teeth. Whether your dentist recommends the ALF or the Crozat, they work in a similar manner: by applying gentle pressure to achieve your treatment goals, all without the use of braces. 

Both appliances also are removable, meaning that you do not have to navigate around the wires while cleaning your teeth—as is the case with braces. You can brush your teeth thoroughly, and flossing is easier.

What can the ALF and Crozat appliances be used to treat?

As mentioned above, either appliance can be used to straighten teeth without needing braces.

Other treatment applications with these light wire appliances include the following: 

  • Guiding the jaws into their preferred alignment
  • Supporting optimum facial growth
    Achieving wider dental arches
  • Helping to widen the airway or maintain an open airway

Let’s take a deeper look at the difference between these appliances

The Crozat is a sophisticated wire appliance that applies very light levels of force to straighten teeth while also guiding the development of the jawbone. The Crozat can be used even on very young children. It can be a cornerstone of Orthotropics®, a treatment that uses oral appliances to promote optimum facial growth guidance. When used correctly as overseen by a dentist experienced in using functional orthodontics like Drs. Max and Ariana Ebrahimian, the Crozat prevents overcrowding in the mouth while promoting bone growth and expanding dental arches.

The ALF or “Advanced Lightwire Functional” appliance is the successor of the Crozat. The wires in the appliance are thinner, but also do a better job supporting the movement of the cranial bones. When used especially in children, an ALF helps to align the cranial bones properly, using the principles of osteopathy as a guide.

Why should you consider a light wire appliance?

Both the ALF and Crozat appliances can be incorporated as part of functional orthodontics—an approach of orthodontic treatment that aims to treat the entire orofacial system rather than just straighten teeth, or push or pull the jaw into alignment. Many times, patients who receive braces may experience hindered facial growth or orthodontic relapse after the orthodontic treatment is complete, which especially is the case when extractions have been done. A light-wire appliance, however, encourages wider dental arches, which also is a precursor to maintaining an open airway and proper facial growth that, with it, often produces a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Light wire appliance therapy in Scotts Valley

If you are interested in the ALF or Crozat appliance, make sure you only seek the care of a dentist who has gone through specialized training to make them qualified to work with devices of this type. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, both our dentists have significant experience working with these appliances. Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian is also a founding member of the North America Association of Facial Orthotropics.

To learn more about these appliances or any aspect of our program of orthodontic treatment, call our office today at (831) 438-4411 to schedule a consultation.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry is proud to serve our patients in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley in California.