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Orthodontic Recession

Teeth can start to look shorter in the face and taller in the mouth. This can possibly be due to the term we all know as “grinding.”  As an orthodontist for 15 years, I have seen 1000’s of mouths that exhibit what some call a neuromuscular phenomenon, i.e. the connection between the brain and the muscles of the face. However, we can’t leave out other causes such as pharmaceutical side-affects, poorly designed new crowns and veneers, overfilled dental fillings, mal-aligned teeth, habits, and even dental/periodontal disease. 


We encourage you to ask yourself what Dr. Allen’s skills, relative to your bite, can do for your recession. These talents can only be realized by an orthodontist, after extensive continuing education focused on “occlusion” (not invisalign) and after a decade+ of managing “bites (occlusion)”.  


It is Dr. Allen’s belief that orthodontic finishes are not finished unless they are properly adjusted into THE ideal position for each tooth relative to its opposing tooth.  This position also doubles as THE best place for the tooth to resist any unwanted forces on it during the left/right/front/back movements of the jaw. This process is called an occlusal adjustment.  This is the most complex, most undelivered concept in dentistry today.  


Orthodontists usually use the term “settling” as a way of justifying an incomplete finish, or a way of appeasing a noncompliant patient that it’s ok you’re finished “almost.”   The science of tooth eruption says that teeth will continue to “grow into the mouth” until they hit an opposing structure…i.e. a tooth or the gums.  This is the idea behind “settling.”  This highly variable and often unpredictable notion means the teeth will drift into a position, not THE position.  It’s like roulette with about the same odds for an ideal finish to be achieved naturally via settling. 


Ensure your finish is truly finished.  No one deserves recession & relapse secondary to occlusal trauma and an “unsettled” bite after investing 2-4 years in braces.  MAO gives you 100% of what you deserve. That’s the MAO difference!   

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