The Three Levels of Orthodontics Offer the Most Comprehensive Treatment
Patients seeking straight teeth and a beautiful smile can achieve those goals with braces. But did you know that orthodontics can address way more than that? Dr. Carl Roy believes in the value of comprehensive care, and adopts a treatment module that will align all oral and maxillofacial structures for long-lasting wellbeing. Here, we will discuss the three levels of orthodontics that can deliver a vibrant smile and a lifetime of oral health.
The FACE™ Treatment Philosophy
During his training, Dr. Roy studied under Drs. Ron Roth and Robert Williams, two pioneers of goal-directed orthodontics. Eventually, Dr. Roy taught alongside them until Dr. Roth’s untimely death in the mid 2000s. In 2007, Dr. Roy would go on to adopt the principles he learned under Roth and Williams; and along with a group of several other orthodontists, he developed the Full FACE (Functional and Cosmetic Excellence) Course in an effort to introduce the three levels of orthodontics all over the world. Doctors who adhere to this ideology merge modern orthodontics and comprehensive dentistry to achieve whole-body health for their patients.
Level One: Aesthetics
The most basic tenet of orthodontics is aesthetics. This involves treatment with the exclusive intent to straighten teeth. Level one orthodontics is the simplest way to achieve a beautiful smile. This can be accomplished through conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, or invisible braces, such as Invisalign®.
Level one treatment may be adequate for patients with mild cases of misalignment. In most instances, however, it is not enough to provide a strong bite and healthy jaw joints.
Level Two: Aesthetics and Occlusion
If your orthodontic problems are more complex in nature, level two orthodontics will be necessary to address them. Level two orthodontics straighten the teeth and align your bite for proper occlusion. When your bite is off, it can lead to more serious oral and overall health issues, such as tooth erosion, TMJ issues, chronic headaches, and more.
A proper bite offers increased stability and a reduced risk for bone loss, gum recession, bruxism, mobility, and TMJ disorder. By correcting your occlusion, you can preserve your smile and prevent more problems in the future.
Level Three: Aesthetics, Occlusion, and Jaw Joints
If your misalignment is caused by skeletal issues, level three orthodontics can address the problem. When all oral and maxillofacial structure are not in alignment, it can cause a myriad of problems, including facial asymmetry, TMJ disorder, and chronic pain. If the jaw is positioned too far back, the soft tissues of the throat can actually fall over the windpipe, obstructing airflow.
In some cases, these issues can be addressed with braces alone. However, if there are skeletal discrepancies present, orthognathic surgery – or corrective jaw surgery – may be necessary to fully correct the condition. If this is recommended as part of your treatment plan, Dr. Roy will work in conjunction with a trusted oral surgeon to provide the highest level of care.
Because each patient is unique, no two treatment plans will be the same. Therefore, level three orthodontics has more to do with the end goal rather than the treatments used to achieve it. Essentially, the three levels of orthodontics provide:
- Straight teeth
- A functional bite
- Healthy jaw joints
- Improved facial aesthetics
- Improved smile aesthetics
- Improved airway
Learn More about Comprehensive Care at Our Practice
To learn more about the three levels of orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment at our practice, contact us online anytime. You can also call our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake office to speak to a team member.