Alternative Lightwire Functional Appliances

Boulder County Smiles provides a number of varied orthodontic services so that you can get the treatment that’s right for your individual needs.

One of the invisible orthodontics treatments we’re excited about is the Alternative Lightwire Functional Appliance, or ALF appliance. 

What Is an ALF Appliance?

The ALF is a light wire appliance that looks something like a retainer. It will be custom-fitted to your dental arches. When it is snapped into place, it provides a continuous light force to the jawbone and teeth.

This force is lighter than that produced by traditional braces. It also comes from the back of the teeth, rather than the front, making it a very different type of misaligned jaw treatment. 

The purpose of this light pressure is to resolve underlying causes of crowded or misaligned teeth by addressing imbalanced facial aesthetics. ALF does this in three ways. It works to:

  1. Correct any slight skull misalignments that cause dental issues. 
  2. Correct jaw misalignments such as underbites, overbites, overjets, crossbites, or open bite.
  3. Correct teeth misalignments.

What Are the Benefits of the ALF Appliance?

Because ALF appliances work differently than most traditional misaligned jaw treatments, there are a number of unique benefits to the system.

Comfort| ALF is specifically designed to be lightweight. The light wires and small level of pressure make this appliance easy to wear and even easier to not worry about.

Invisible Orthodontics| ALF Appliances are aesthetically convenient. Because the wire and pressure comes from behind, there is no outwardly visible aspect to worry about. No one will even know it’s there!

Maintenance| The ALF appliances are easy to clean and maintain. No complicated process or equipment required.

Non-Extraction Orthodontics| ALF is designed to not only move teeth, but to correct the jaw and oral structure itself. This gives us a chance to resolve overcrowding without extracting any teeth. 

Unhampered Speech| Due to the light structure of the ALF appliance design, it allows you to speak clearly and confidently, with no troublesome inhibitions.

Talk to Us About Invisible Orthodontics with ALF Appliances

If you are in need of a lightweight, comfortable, and convenient misaligned jaw treatment, the ALF Appliance may just be right for you. Contact Boulder County Smiles with any questions about ALF or to schedule an appointment.