Advanced Dentistry by Design
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Our team is available to answer all your questions about our dental office and the services we provide.

Choosing a dentist is an important decision for you and your family. You can look through our frequently asked questions for your answer or just get in touch by calling or visiting our contact page.

COVID-19 & Other

This pandemic is something new to all of us, and the only way to get through it is to work together.  While we are doing all that we can to make the office safe for all, there are a few small things you, the patient, can do to help us out.

 

If you are feeling feverish or experiencing any flu-like symptoms, we ask that you refrain from coming into the office.  Instead, give us a call ahead of time and we will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment a few weeks out.  Additionally, if you have traveled or been in contact with anyone who has traveled, please wait at least two weeks before coming into the office to make sure that you are not exhibiting any signs of COVID infection.

 

All California residents are recommended to wear masks when leaving the house regardless, and we would encourage the same when coming into the office.  Now of course, we cannot work on you with the mask on, but you can at least wear it while checking in and when heading out.  We also ask that after checking in, you wait in your car of outside until we call you to let you know we are ready for you.

 

Finally, please refrain from bringing too many family members with you too your appointment if they do not have an appointment themselves.  We would like to reduce crowding in the office as much as possible to avoid patient-patient interaction.

 

As long as we all do our part and remain aware of our surroundings and effect on it, we will be able to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 and hopefully return to life as normal!

Advanced Dentistry by Design has always been very diligent about maintaining a high level of cleanliness and maintaining a sterile environment.  However, we understand that different times call for different measures and will therefore be implementing additional protocols to make sure our patients and staff feel as safe as possible.  For information on our existing and new health and safety protocols, check out our blog on how we're getting the office ready for re-opening, linked below:

https://www.advdentsj.com/blog/Other/How-We-re-Getting-the-Office-Ready-for-Your-Return/22685

We will continually be updating and improving our standards as we receive more information from the government and California Dental Association.

We have been closely monitoring the COVID situation and shelter in place updates from both our governor and local and national dental associations to determine when the best time to open the practice back up is and under what conditions.

While it may be some time until we are able to get back up and running at full capacity, we are hoping to be able to at least open up with a limited schedule in the coming weeks.  This means that we will resume conducting elective procedures and exams as normal, but will limit the schedule to reduce large crowds of patients in the office.  We will also be implementing new protocols to ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff.

Until then, Advanced Dentistry by Design is still receiving emergency calls and seeing emergency patients on a case-by-case basis.  If you are having dental pain or swelling, please do not hesitate to call our office at (408)258-5054 and press 1 to be directed to the emergency voicemail.

One of the things that sets Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, apart from many other dentists is that he believes that collaboration with other professionals such as pediatricians, otolaryngologists, neurologists, orthopedists, osteopathic physicians, and chiropractors, which affords him the ability to provide more personalized and effective treatment for our patients.

He regularly meets and discusses holistic health topics to expand his own knowledge and create effective treatment plans for patients facing complex or unique conditions.

Whether or not you will need to visit a specialist depends on your individual needs and goals for your oral health and wellness. Simply put, we want to give you the very best care possible. While we treat most conditions effectively here in our San Jose dental office, if we feel that you will benefit from a trip to a specialist, we will refer you to someone we trust. Dr. Woodlief works with some of the leaders in their fields and has a great relationship with the San Jose medical and wellness community.

If you do visit a specialist, you can count on Dr. Woodlief to follow up on your care, ensuring that you get the same great patient care you receive in our office and that all parties involved stay well informed about your case.

Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is tremendously important. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury, and picking the right one is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. 

Our office specializes in working with athletes to create customized performance mouthguards that help improve breathing, which in turn can help improve strength, agility, and balance—just ask!

Read more about customized performance mouthguards in Dr. Woodlief’s interview on Sports and Dentistry.

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay, and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. Fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes and requires you to not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health and our recommendation, you should have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or twelve months.

In the past, the only solution for a diseased nerve or infected tooth was to take it out. Today with root canal treatment, saving teeth has become easier with a greater prognosis. A tooth becomes infected when a crack or deep cavity reaches the nerve, allowing bacteria to run through the nerve down to the end of the root. If left untreated, this can lead to abscess formation, which can cause pain and swelling. This can not only injure your jawbones, but can be detrimental to your overall health.

During root canal treatment, the infected nerve is removed and the interior of the tooth cleaned and sealed with a biocompatible material. Finally, the tooth is filled with dental composite or, depending on the extent of the decay, we may recommend placing a crown on top.  As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tooth. A stubborn baby tooth may have misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, or a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, that we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may also necessitate removal of a tooth.  

During the extraction, we ensure that the patient is as comfortable as, using local anesthesia in the area and extraction techniques that make the procedure as atraumatic and painless as possible!

General Dentistry

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay, and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. Fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes and requires you to not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health and our recommendation, you should have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or twelve months.

In the past, the only solution for a diseased nerve or infected tooth was to take it out. Today with root canal treatment, saving teeth has become easier with a greater prognosis. A tooth becomes infected when a crack or deep cavity reaches the nerve, allowing bacteria to run through the nerve down to the end of the root. If left untreated, this can lead to abscess formation, which can cause pain and swelling. This can not only injure your jawbones, but can be detrimental to your overall health.

During root canal treatment, the infected nerve is removed and the interior of the tooth cleaned and sealed with a biocompatible material. Finally, the tooth is filled with dental composite or, depending on the extent of the decay, we may recommend placing a crown on top.  As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tooth. A stubborn baby tooth may have misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, or a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, that we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may also necessitate removal of a tooth.  

During the extraction, we ensure that the patient is as comfortable as, using local anesthesia in the area and extraction techniques that make the procedure as atraumatic and painless as possible!

Cosmetic Dentistry

The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have whitening capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike bleaching materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as paint-on teeth whiteners. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and are generally less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that a user applies to the teeth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the treated teeth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth whitening regimen, we recommend that you consult us before you begin treating discolored teeth.

 

Composite fillings are a conservative, natural-looking solution for teeth with small cavities, fractures, gaps or discolorations.  Composites are a more esthetic alternative to silver, amalgam fillings and, as a result, have become the preferred material for fixing a tooth.

 

 

Composites are retained onto a tooth by bonding, where the material is allowed to extend into the pore-like tubules of your tooth and form a strong, interlocking connection.  Composites come in multiple shades that can be layered and mixed to ensure that they match your tooth’s natural color, and a high polish allows for an optimum cosmetic result.

 

Veneers are made of ceramic and stacked with porcelain. This allows us to use multiple shades when designing the veneer to best match your natural color. It also gives the veneer a natural, glossy sheen and allows us to replicate all the nuances and characteristics of a natural tooth. The goal is to give you a beautiful smile that shines, but also looks natural as well!

As the most common mantra in dentistry goes, each smile is different, and as such, treatments vary from patient to patient. Just as you yourself are unique, your treatment should be customized to fit your needs and desires.

Before rendering any cosmetic treatment, we make sure to sit down with the patient for a consultation, where we take the appropriate records and discuss ideal and alternative treatment plans that will give the patient the smile they are looking for, all the while maintaining the health and integrity of their natural dentition. Schedule a consultation today!

Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.

Dental implants are another esthetic fix for a missing tooth and perhaps mimic most what it is like to still have a natural tooth in the mouth - in that it stands alone and does not involve adjacent teeth. After the oral surgeon surgically places the implant screw in the bone where the gap is, 2-3 months are allowed for healing and osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process by which your natural bone grows between the threads of the implant, anchoring it in your jaw much like your teeth are.  After this phase, we are then able to place a crown on top of the implant screw, filling the gap and making the implant functional. Just as with the dental bridge, implants are an aesthetic, permanent way to fill the gap between two teeth, and with proper home care can last 10-20 years or more. 

Dental Implants | Advanced Dentistry by Design


 

Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through our office. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain special ingredients to ensure maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

Veneers are a highly esthetic, conservative approach to repairing misshapen, misaligned, discolored teeth.  The design for each veneer depends on each individual tooth and the desired end result.  It involves shaving off a little bit of the outer, visible surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer material.  An impression is then taken and the veneer designed to bond on to the tooth.

Children's Dentistry

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our team makes a special effort to talk to your child cheerfully and to use simple, pleasant words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.

Depending on your child’s level of comfort and willingness, during his or her first visit we will take x-rays of their teeth, and our hygienist will clean and polish the teeth. We will evaluate your child’s craniofacial development and make appropriate recommendations for the necessary next steps.

 

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting between 6 and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. Children can enjoy getting to know their teeth!

Your child’s first primary teeth (baby teeth) will begin to erupt between the ages of 6 and 12 months and will continue to erupt until about age 3. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth!

As your child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt, he or she will lose primary teeth at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and can continue until age 21. Adults have 28 regular permanent teeth and four wisdom teeth.

Tooth decay is caused by sugars that remain in the mouth and become an acid that can break down teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason—many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Please schedule an appointment for your child every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to help keep teeth at their strongest. We also recommend tooth sealants because they seal the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, and we will monitor them at your child’s regular checkups.

Kids grow so rapidly that sometimes you turn around and your toddler is starting high school. If you have ever had a child who has experienced growth difficulties, you know that many of them can be corrected during the growth process. Teeth and jaw growth are no different.

By addressing conditions early while your child is still growing, they often have faster and more successful results.

We evaluate children as early as five years old to determine if they are on track for a healthy bite and properly aligned teeth. In some cases, pacifier use, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, and genetics can cause jaws to develop incorrectly.

By taking corrective action early, we can often avoid the need to remove perfectly healthy permanent teeth (often bicuspids) for orthodontic purposes in the future. Early intervention orthodontic treatment also results in a more attractive appearance because things like a diastema (a gap between the front teeth) and protrusion (bucked teeth) can often be avoided with the proper treatment.

Palatal expanders, ALF treatment, space holders, full braces, and partial braces are each part of early orthodontic intervention treatment options to reduce the amount of time your child spends in braces later.

When you bring your child to our San Jose dental office, Dr. Woodlief will provide this service at the appropriate time so that you can make the best decision regarding the future of your child’s smile.

Orthodontics

As the name implies, Invisalign is virtually invisible, meaning you can straighten your teeth without anyone being able to tell!  A far cry from the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces, Invisalign treatment is done with clear aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and are completely see-through.

For more information on Invisalign, or for a free consultation complete with a digital scan and photos, call us at Advanced Dentistry by Design to set up your appointment!

Invisalign treatment is regarded as an orthodontic benefit and is therefore treated by insurances the same way traditional braces are.  Whether or not insurance covers it and how much is covered depends entirely on your individual insurance plan.  Our office will check your orthodontic coverage when you come in for your consultation and let you know the specifics of your plan!

For more information on Invisalign and your insurance plan, call Advanced Dentistry by Design for a free consultation, complete with a digital scan and smile simulation!

Invisalign is much gentler than traditional braces.  Each tray exerts a gentle pressure on the teeth to move them, making the whole experience much more comfortable for you.  The absence of brackets and wires also means less irritation to your lips and cheeks.  With Invisalign, it not only looks like nothing’s there, but it feels like nothing’s there, too!

For more information on Invisalign, call for a free consultation, complete with a digital scan and smile simulation, and all of us here at Advanced Dentistry by Design would be more than happy to help!

For more detailed information on the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces, as well as how the process works, check out our blog post, Invisalign: The Invisible Approach to a Healthy Smile, by clicking the link below:

https://www.advdentsj.com/blog/Invisalign/Invisalign-The-Invisible-Approach-to-a-Healthy-Smile/16083

To learn more and see what Invisalign can do for you, call over to Advanced Dentistry by Design and schedule a free consultation, complete with a digital scan and smile simulation!

Crowns and Bridges

Bridges are a highly esthetic, non-removable way to fill a gap in the smile and, with proper home care, can last the patient anywhere between 10-20 years or longer.  A variety of materials can be used to fabricate the bridge, and these options will all be discussed with you and decided on taking esthetics, functionality, and durability into account. When it comes to crowns and bridges, the rabbit hole goes deep, so never hesitate to ask us for more information, and we’ll be happy to explain!

Dental Bridge | Advanced Dentistry by Design

 

Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to improve a tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. They are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or for which tooth decay has destroyed portions of the teeth. A crown is a cap cemented onto an existing tooth. The crown usually covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, it becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and resist wear and fracture. Crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your smile can look natural, your bite feels perfect, and your mouth feels strong and healthy.

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Root Canal Therapy

In the past, the only solution for a diseased nerve or infected tooth was to take it out. Today with root canal treatment, saving teeth has become easier with a greater prognosis. A tooth becomes infected when a crack or deep cavity reaches the nerve, allowing bacteria to run through the nerve down to the end of the root. If left untreated, this can lead to abscess formation, which can cause pain and swelling. This can not only injure your jawbones, but can be detrimental to your overall health.

During root canal treatment, the infected nerve is removed and the interior of the tooth cleaned and sealed with a biocompatible material. Finally, the tooth is filled with dental composite or, depending on the extent of the decay, we may recommend placing a crown on top.  As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Invisalign

As the name implies, Invisalign is virtually invisible, meaning you can straighten your teeth without anyone being able to tell!  A far cry from the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces, Invisalign treatment is done with clear aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and are completely see-through.

For more information on Invisalign, or for a free consultation complete with a digital scan and photos, call us at Advanced Dentistry by Design to set up your appointment!

Invisalign treatment is regarded as an orthodontic benefit and is therefore treated by insurances the same way traditional braces are.  Whether or not insurance covers it and how much is covered depends entirely on your individual insurance plan.  Our office will check your orthodontic coverage when you come in for your consultation and let you know the specifics of your plan!

For more information on Invisalign and your insurance plan, call Advanced Dentistry by Design for a free consultation, complete with a digital scan and smile simulation!

Invisalign is much gentler than traditional braces.  Each tray exerts a gentle pressure on the teeth to move them, making the whole experience much more comfortable for you.  The absence of brackets and wires also means less irritation to your lips and cheeks.  With Invisalign, it not only looks like nothing’s there, but it feels like nothing’s there, too!

For more information on Invisalign, call for a free consultation, complete with a digital scan and smile simulation, and all of us here at Advanced Dentistry by Design would be more than happy to help!

For more detailed information on the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces, as well as how the process works, check out our blog post, Invisalign: The Invisible Approach to a Healthy Smile, by clicking the link below:

https://www.advdentsj.com/blog/Invisalign/Invisalign-The-Invisible-Approach-to-a-Healthy-Smile/16083

To learn more and see what Invisalign can do for you, call over to Advanced Dentistry by Design and schedule a free consultation, complete with a digital scan and smile simulation!

Dentures

Dentures | Advanced Dentistry by DesignDentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients whose natural teeth have all been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to a patient’s natural teeth. It is just as important to care for your dentures as you would your natural teeth, as well as your gums, cheeks, and tongue.

 

Just because you’re missing your teeth doesn’t mean you should stop coming for your regular dental check-ups! Routine dental exams are important to ensure your dentures continue to fit well, as well as to check for any lesions, sores, or signs of oral cancer or infection.

 

Extractions

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tooth. A stubborn baby tooth may have misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, or a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, that we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may also necessitate removal of a tooth.  

During the extraction, we ensure that the patient is as comfortable as, using local anesthesia in the area and extraction techniques that make the procedure as atraumatic and painless as possible!

TMD and Bruxism Therapy

Many people do not realize that headaches, neck aches, migraines, and shoulder pain can all be related to your jaw health. Jaw dysfunction can even cause earaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and fatigue. Teeth sensitivity is also common, especially when teeth clenching or grinding is also present.

Taking daily headache medication can sometimes minimize the symptoms, but unfortunately, the underlying condition still exists and may worsen over time. 

By addressing the health of your jaw joints and bite, we can effectively manage and reduce the amount of pain you experience, often eliminating them altogether. Addressing jaw pain and properly aligning your bite can also reduce facial tension and sore muscles, allowing you to enjoy better restorative sleep.

Dr. Woodlief takes a comprehensive approach to jaw treatment and will evaluate your symptoms along with the function of your joints and bite to determine the proper line of treatment for you. This may include splint therapy, injections, laser treatments, restorative dentistry, massage, or bite adjustment.

Each patient is different, and you can count on highly personalized treatment and results.

Contact Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, today to schedule an evaluation. We have helped hundreds of people lead pain-free lives by improving the health and comfort of their jaw joints. 

Dr. Victor D. Woodlief focuses on total oral health and comfort.

He also provides cosmetic dentistry options so you have the resources to achieve all your goals for your health and smile. He takes a proactive approach to oral care and monitors the health and function of your teeth, gums, jaw health, bite health, and sleep quality. He also spends ample time with each patient to have an honest discussion about anything that concerns you when it comes to your health.

His experience delivers reliable, long-lasting results that give our patients confidence in their oral health.

No health practitioner should be an island! Dr. Woodlief collaborates with a number of specialists in our area to ensure that you get the highest level of care possible. By working with pediatricians, otolaryngologists, neurologists, orthopedists, osteopathic physicians, and chiropractors, we utilize some of the greatest minds in our San Jose health and wellness community in order to give you the highest level of comprehensive care available using the latest methods. We often discuss complex cases, arriving at solutions that have eluded our patients in the past.

This collaborative effort provides solutions to some of our most challenging TMJ, sleep apnea, and orthodontic treatment plans.

Even if you have been unable to find a solution to pain or dysfunction in the past, give us a call. We look forward to giving you the resolution you’ve been looking for.

Any time a joint clicks, pops, or locks, it indicates a potential condition.

Jaw joints tend to pop or click because the disc becomes stuck while rotating inside the joint. This occurs due to inflammation or joint dysfunction. When left untreated, a popping jaw may eventually lock open or closed and feel painful. Even eating and yawning can become uncomfortable experiences. This is why seeking treatment for anything that feels uncomfortable or unnatural right away is essential.

Dr. Woodlief is passionate about relieving the jaw pain and headaches that accompany a common condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ or TMD.

He provides highly personalized care based on your symptoms, jaw function, and oral health as well as whether or not you grind your teeth. Not only does the treatment that Dr. Woodlief provide address the symptoms, it also corrects the cause of the problem, resulting in better jaw function, less pain, fewer headaches, and greater comfort in your day-to-day life. 

Treatment may include some or all of the following TMJ therapies:

  • Oral appliance therapy
  • Occlusal equilibration
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Laser treatment
  • Massage
  • Orthodontics
  • Full mouth restoration

To find out what treatment will work best for you, contact us to schedule an evaluation.

To learn more about TMJ dysfunction and bruxism visit our TMJ Page.

ALF treatment, or Advanced Lightwire Functionals, is a discreet orthopedic treatment that addresses orthodontic conditions, sleep disorders, and jaw dysfunction (TMD). When used in conjunction with tongue and chewing exercises, it can effectively treat both adults and kids who suffer from spatial issues concerning their teeth, jaw, and tongue.

ALF treatment works very much like a fixed retainer but can also address palatal expansion to create a healthier bite and alignment for your teeth, palate, and jawbone. It can expand the amount of space near the back of your mouth and throat to allow for the freer flow of oxygen as the muscles relax during sleep.

Small loops in the therapeutic wire attach to teeth, glide along the inside of your teeth near the gumline, and use constant low-force pressure to create palatal space in instances of sleep disorders and small palatal development. It can also address instances of aggressive orthodontic treatment or trauma.

Dr. Woodlief will make regular adjustments to the wire to further your treatment and monitor your results as you progress. Treatment times depend upon your specific needs. Dr. Woodlief can estimate your treatment time once you come to our San Jose dental office for your evaluation. We will help you determine if ALF treatment will work for you.

Advanced Lightwire Functionals (ALF)

ALF treatment, or Advanced Lightwire Functionals, is a discreet orthopedic treatment that addresses orthodontic conditions, sleep disorders, and jaw dysfunction (TMD). When used in conjunction with tongue and chewing exercises, it can effectively treat both adults and kids who suffer from spatial issues concerning their teeth, jaw, and tongue.

ALF treatment works very much like a fixed retainer but can also address palatal expansion to create a healthier bite and alignment for your teeth, palate, and jawbone. It can expand the amount of space near the back of your mouth and throat to allow for the freer flow of oxygen as the muscles relax during sleep.

Small loops in the therapeutic wire attach to teeth, glide along the inside of your teeth near the gumline, and use constant low-force pressure to create palatal space in instances of sleep disorders and small palatal development. It can also address instances of aggressive orthodontic treatment or trauma.

Dr. Woodlief will make regular adjustments to the wire to further your treatment and monitor your results as you progress. Treatment times depend upon your specific needs. Dr. Woodlief can estimate your treatment time once you come to our San Jose dental office for your evaluation. We will help you determine if ALF treatment will work for you.

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