Metal Free Functional Orthodontics
Braces and extracting teeth in teenage years does not solve the underlying causes of crooked teeth and incorrect facial development.
Orthodontics with braces has been used for decades to straighten teeth in early teens when all the permanent teeth have appeared, and although effective in forcing the teeth into straighter alignment, it's important to recognise that there are well-documented disadvantages. Along with leaving the underlying causes of crooked teeth untreated, traditional orthodontic techniques have several other risks or limitations including surgery, enamel and root damage as well as the high likelihood of relapse, unless a permanent commitment is made to wearing a fixed or removable retainer.
The main risks and limitations of treatment with braces according to the "American Journal of Orthodontics" are:
RELAPSE - up to 90%
ROOT DAMAGE - 100%
RETENTION - for life
The removable appliances like the ones we use have been shown to not cause root resorption because of intermittent use.