Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF)
ALF appliances have many different designs and purposes. Most designs are very small, thin (but durable) all wire (no acrylic). ALF is a non-invasive appliance.
ALF care can address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. Locked up bones in the cranium, mouth breathing, tongue position, habits like thumb sucking, nutrition, posture, genetics: they all have an effect on how the face grows, the jaws form, and the teeth line up. ALF appliances are very kind to the TM joints.
There are many goals of ALF treatment. Establishing a healthier occlusion to stabilize the jaw joints, address facial asymmetries, have a positive effect on one’s airway, enhance proper facial growth and development, and encourage proper tongue posturing and function.
ALF results can include a gorgeous smile, minimizing the risks for jaw joint dysfunction, and improved airway health.