Frequently asked
questions answered
by Dr. Davis

FAQ

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My daughter had braces for 7 months when she was 8, then for 2 years when she was 11. Now, she’s about to start college and her bite is off. Should she consider Invisalign Teen if braces didn’t work twice?
 
 

Answer

The short answer is “yes she should consider Invisalign Teen, but there is a but…”
If your daughter doesn’t receive arch reformulation, according to orthodontic researchers, her mouth may not become sufficiently stable to avoid relapse.
Here’s why.
Studies by orthodontists have confirmed that relapse is common – occurring the majority of the time (70%-90%). One recent study was especially direct “There is an urgent need … to identify the most effective … method for managing relapse ….”, noting that an orthodontic based remedy doesn’t exist.
ART is designed to help the mouth become so stable it can withstand forces that would effect non-ART aligners and braces.
You might find it comforting that the majority of patients successfully treated with ART had previously worn metal braces, Invisalign, or both.
 
I am undecided between tried and true braces (clear ceramic, not metal) and Invisalign. I just read about arch reformulation. It sounds great and the pictures and videos are amazing. But, does it take longer than braces or Invisalign?
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Answer

You are correct, ART will take longer than traditional clear aligners (e.g., Invisalign). Here’s why.
Arch reformulation can treat a broader range of dental problems, some of which orthodontic therapy (e.g., metal braces, clear orthodontic aligners) can’t.
So, expect a treatment designed to accomplish more, ART, to take more time to achieve all of those desirable goals.
 
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It seems that all my friends and I had treatment from orthodontists that didn’t last. How common is dental braces relapse?
 
 

Answer

Very common.
While this wasn’t intended to be a trick question, it sort of is one.
Some dental professionals believe braces relapse exists. Others believe the real problem is that stable results are only infrequently achieved after dental braces.
Support for each position comes from a well respected article in 2011 by orthodontists which reviewed prior published orthodontic research.
Their findings: undesirable teeth shifting as well as other dental problems occur 70%-90% of the time following braces care.
 
How much does arch reformulation cost?
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Answer

The fees for ART will vary according to where you live. Moderate dental conditions cost the least, complex ones the most and advanced situations fall in-between.
While the fees for ART are slightly higher than the fees for dental braces, patients point out that ART is the superior healthcare value.
That’s especially true for those who contemplated porcelain veneers, gum, laser or implant surgery. Their overall savings was more than the total cost for ART. So, it was as if they received arch reformulation for free!
Read about a young man who saved more than $11,000 on his dental care with ART.
 
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If arch reformulation can use Invisalign, and Invisalign aligner treatments relapse, why won’t arch reformulation therapy relapse, too?
 
 

Answer

Based on the dental research, non-ART non-periodontal orthodontic aligners yield a stable result less than 1/3 of the time.
ART’s protocol for periodontal aligners reformulates the supporting bone, which is essential to having a long lasting and stable result.
So while both can use the same product (e.g., Invisalign, ClearCorrect), only one – ART with its unique periodontal aligner protocol – is expected to yield results that will last, and not relapse.
 
How can aligners treat gum disease?
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Answer

Gum disease (gingivitis) is considered a mild to moderate dental problem. Periodontal disease is a more serious condition – advanced stages can lead to tooth loss.
A main goal for periodontal aligners is to improve the bone which supports the teeth. That process will not just stop, but reverse the progression of gum and periodontal disease.
Here’s how.
When teeth are prudently repositioned, the supporting bone is coaxed to reformulate. The improved appearance and firmness of the gums confirm the mouth has become stronger, more stable and healthier.
Orthodontic aligners and braces are not intended to address gum disease.
ART can successfully treat active gum and periodontal disease.