• Orthodontics

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    Early Orthodontic Care
    Our office strives to provide top-notch orthodontic care. We advocate early orthodontic treatment. This is so important to us that we offer no charge orthodontic consultations for you and your family beginning at age 4 to 5. Many sleep apnea issues and breathing complications can be averted by early orthodontic/orthopedic treatment. We provide a multitude of oral appliances to address a patient??s individual need. Part of our orthodontic philosophy centers around Biobloc Orthotropics. This unique treatment method provides your child with a more aesthetic facial profile and a better functioning airway and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to help improve his or her quality of life. Teeth grinding and snoring are not normal and unfortunately are common with children. If your child grinds teeth or snores, this could be an indication that they need orthodontic intervention.

    Adult Orthodontics
    Many of our adult patients have received prior orthodontic care. They are experiencing a collapse of their posterior teeth coupled with anterior crowding. There are two appliances that we use to help correct these situations: the ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functional) and the Homeoblock Appliance. These sometimes allow us to treat patients without using braces.

    Biobloc Orthotropics
    The series of Biobloc appliances are best used on children ages 5 to 9 years of age. These appliances are designed to help normalize the muscle function and posture plus encourage the proper functioning of the tongue. When the patient has developed proper oral posture, and proper swallowing, this allows proper facial growth and development to occur.

    The use of the Biobloc appliance puts the patient in a great position to have a healthier temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a larger airway, the ability to breathe through their nose with a much less chance of developing sleep apnea.

    In our practice we use the Biobloc for adults as well. For adults the appliances can help orthodontically in arch development. Also, they can help achieve excellent results in treating and managing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

    Homeoblock Appliance
    We use the Homeoblock Appliance to expand arches, to increase nasal patency and improve nasal breathing. This appliance is also very good when we want to promote bone growth and bone remodeling. The Homeoblock Appliance is used on older teenagers and adults.

    ALF (Advanced Light-wire Functional)
    The ALF appliance and treatment work to address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. The ALF promotes proper tongue position and function by encouraging the tongue to position itself in the roof of the mouth. This in turn helps to develop the upper arch, helping to create room for all the teeth and promoting a more stable bite (occlusion).

    The ALF appliance is homeopathic in nature and encourages a more natural development of the cranial bones, teeth and muscle function.

    The ALF appliance was developed by Dr. Darick Nordstrom. His design and research have enabled us to treat many of our patients who have had orthodontic, sleep apnea or TMJ needs. The ALF is very versatile. With it we are able to offer more treatment options to our patients.

     

    Dr. Pribyl is not licensed in Missouri as a specialist in the advertised dental specialty of orthodontics.