Dr. Adair has a unique perspective on orthodontics. His experience as a general dentist for 10 years has given a different perspective on the long term affects of orthodontics. He wanted a better, healthier outcome for his patients and was unhappy with the results he was seeing. He sought out an approach that would give patients beautiful smiles, better facial balance and overall healthier mouths. During this exhaustive search he also read kept listening to medical journals as well as dental and orthodontic literature and spent many weekends away from his family attending lectures all over the country. What started to become clear is the importance of the airway and the many long term problems that can affect a person if the airway is compromised. Recent medical research and medical studies have vindicated his views and shown that the jaws and teeth can affect the function of our airway.
If we can determine the causes of a person’s bite or jaw problems, then we have a chance of treating the core problem and not just a symptom. A analogy would be using cough medicine. It makes us feel better and yet it does not really treat the actual infection.
When studying the airway we are looking at the tonsils, adenoids and especially the tongue! The mouth is the home for the tongue. When the mouth is not large enough it can cause the tongue to fall backwards and reduce the airway. So our jaws and teeth can indirectly affect our airway and this can lead to sleep issues that can cause all sorts of problems for years to come. We do not extract adult teeth or push teeth backwards in the face. The orthodontic term for this is “retraction.” Retraction is the current orthodontic “standard of care” and is still widely taught in orthodontic universities.
Each person is unique and their threshold is unique. We do not yet know how to determine how small a person’s airway can be reduced to without causing health problems. Therefore, we rarely use any ‘retraction’ mechanics and try our best to educate our patients why.
When the airway becomes a priority, sometimes we do not want to attain a perfect bite. We will straighten the teeth and create a beautiful smile all while ensuring your or your childs airways is not reduced. We are looking at the long term well-being of the patient as well as aesthetics when carefully creating our individualized treatment plans.
Invisalign corrects many orthodontic issues without the hassles of traditional braces. This means no unattractive metal wire, no uncomfortable glued-on brackets and no annoying rubber bands that can leave your mouth sore. Invisalign uses a series of clear and custom-fit removable aligners; we are able to straighten your teeth in no time. In most cases, Invisalign treatment takes about a year. Because the aligners used in the Invisalign treatment process are removable, you can eat the foods you love to eat (steak, corn and bubble-gum don't mix well with traditional braces).
Additionally, when you need to brush and floss, you don't have to buy special tooth brushes and flossers designed to fit between the wires and brackets of braces. The full course of treatment involves changing the Invisalign aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile.