Advanced Light Force (ALF) is a unique approach to orthodontics and dentistry. It utilizes a discreet wire configuration on the inner side of the teeth to apply light intermittent pressure on the surrounding teeth, nerves, cranial bones and tissues of the palate. This signals the upper jaw to grow while straightening and spacing the teeth. It also encourages a broader and more efficient airway to combat breathing disorders. By correcting abnormalities in the upper and lower jaws, The ALF appliance and the adjunctive therapies necessary to the process can contribute to a whole body wellness brought on in great part by the ability to breathe normally. With the orofacial apparatus in order many have realized subsiding of TMJ pain and dysfunction, asthma, headaches, neck and back pain, psychological disorders, ADHD type disorders and numerous other seemingly unrelated ailments.
 

Children

 
ALF TreatmentALF treatment can be applied to patients of all ages, but it is exceptionally advantageous for proper growth and development in children 3 to 6 years old—a time when remodeling potential is at its height, if properly influenced. Remarkably, the child’s brain completes 90 % of its development by the age of four. How the tongue and muscles of the face and oral cavity function drives how the growth of the face will develop. If the child can’t breathe properly, you will hear them breathing at night, even without a cold. No child should snore or breathe with their mouth open in a healthy state. ALF therapy guides growth of the sinus cavities and oral cavity to allow free breathing and brain oxygenation at this vital time for brain growth.
 
Dr. Morello is a member of the ALF Educational Institute and the ALF Interface Academy. She welcomes all of her patients seeking to learn more about ALF treatments and how they can benefit them to visit alftherapy.com, a great patient resource created by the ALF Interface Academy.
 



Prior to ALF treatment



After 10 months treatment progress with the ALF



Prebonding : interim orthodontic cosmetic bonding for best tooth size



Post Bonding: back to orthodontics to manage remaining spaces

 
In the below three photos, it can be observed that the palate width size has grown significantly in 18 months of treatment. This translates into the floor of the nasal sinuses also growing and hence opening space to allow better air exchange and a lips together posture. The appliance has a simple design and is entirely most often within the roof of the mouth with the exception of the molar crib attachments. These attachments are loosely held so the the light signaling of gentle movement of the appliance can be detected and the resulting bone growth achieved.

 
If you would like to try an alternative method to traditional orthodontia and braces that is discreet, effective and gentle, the ALF method might be a viable possibility for your treatment. Help yourself get the beautiful smile and healthy bite that you’ve always wanted and come to us for help with ALF today. Our dentist, Dr. Laurel Morello, is part of an exclusive group of California dentists who provide this innovative service. If you have any questions or are looking for an ALF provider in El Cajon, California, please give us a call at 619-444-4083 today to learn more and schedule your next appointment with us.