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Each year, five million Americans undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Dr. David Sarver from Sarver Orthodontics joins Craig to discuss how new technologies are improving the way these treatments take place and the results that are achieved at the end of treatment and years from now.

Advanced “Visual Aging” Process Allows Orthodontists to design a Better Face, Not Just a Better Smile with new imaging technology orthodontists can design mouth and teeth alignment that can help eliminate a patients need for future plastic surgery.

My process is now being taught in dental schools and a growing number of orthodontists are offering the system to their patients.

The orthodontic treatment your child gets today can determine how young they’ll look in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. It is remarkable how significantly we can change facial appearance through the alignment of the teeth and smile while patients are young.

While the concept of using braces and dental alignment to improve facial appearance is not new, advanced imaging and computer aided design equipment has made it much easier today for both the dentist and patient to see how they’ll look as they age. Ormco of Glendora, California is leading the effort to create a new standard of care system so that all dentists can improve the entire face versus just their smile.

Your orthodontist should not just be giving your child a better smile, but a better face as they age.

Orthodontists are the front line of how your child’s face will look when they get older. We can greatly determine how they will look for the rest of their lives. This will be the new standard of care for all orthodontic patients.

Using my new software and imaging techniques, we can use a current picture of a patient and then “transform it” into an aging process, showing patients how they will look as they age. The appearance of lips, chin, eyes, cheeks and the nose can all be altered by how we move the jaw and teeth.

About Dr. David Sarver:

Dr. David Sarver received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 from Auburn University. He then graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1977 and was named by ODK as the Outstanding Professional Student in the Medical Center. He completed his certification in orthodontics at the University of North Carolina, where he also obtained his post-doctoral master’s degree in 1979. He then opened his practice in Birmingham in 1979.

Dr. Sarver is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the Angle Society of Orthodontists and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina. In addition to his commitment to his private practice, Dr. Sarver has been very active in research and academic writing. He has authored the orthodontic text, “Esthetic Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery” and co-authored “Contemporary Treatment of Dentofacial Deformity.” Additionally, Dr. Sarver co-authored the chapter on orthodontic diagnosis and treatment-planning in “Orthodontic Practice and Principles,” the most widely-used graduate orthodontic textbook in the world. Dr. Sarver’s work was recently featured on the Today Show in a segment by Dr. Christine Dumas and Katie Couric. Dr. Sarver’s award-winning research was also recently highlighted on The View in a segment with medical reporter Dr. Christine Dumas. He and his wife, Valerie, have three children – Dave, Leigh and Suzanne.

About Sarver Orthodontics:

More than any dental specialty, orthodontics requires a team effort from everyone involved-parents, patient, orthodontist, and staff. Many orthodontic problems are quite complex, involving the growth patterns of the face as well as misaligned teeth. Orthodontists have undergone 2-3 additional years of university-based postdoctoral residency training in order to learn the special skills required to manage the complexities of orthodontic treatment. Our practice uses the most advanced techniques available today, selecting the most effective methods and material for correcting individual problems.

The purpose and mission of our practice is to provide the most up-to-date orthodontic care to our patients that is possible, in a comfortable atmosphere that provides a positive orthodontic experience to children and adults alike. This level of contemporary care is enhanced by our continued involvement in orthodontic research and study. We feel it is vital that the professional remain a perpetual student, inquisitive, so as to always evolve ways to better treat our patients.

To this end, we have implemented digital x-ray equipment in our office which decreases x-ray exposure 40 to 70%. In addition, these images are available instantly and are transferable through electronic communication.