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Controlled Arch Orthodontics

Instead of pushing and pulling the teeth into new — and often improper — positions to straighten the teeth, Controlled Arch braces, also known as arch orthodontics, consider your physiologic development and facial characteristics to plan for your teeth’s proper and healthy position.

Controlled Arch Orthodontics

Aren’t all wire and bracket systems the same? Easy answer is no. And we’d like to show you why Controlled Arch Orthodontics is the only way forward, literally!

No Extractions

Controlled Arch Orthodontics allows us to actually develop arch space so extractions become avoidable! Keep your teeth, they’re supposed to be there!

A balanced bite

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Avoid TMD

Degenerative joint change, dislocation of the TMJ discs, and ear pain can all come from poorly aligned bites, even when the teeth have been straightened. Controlled Arch Orthodontics can prevent this!

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What Are Controlled Arch Braces?

When you hear the word braces, you probably think about brackets, uncomfortable wires and frequent trips to the orthodontist. You may also think about the pushing and pulling of the teeth to achieve a straight smile.

Modern technology has advanced orthodontic treatment significantly, so the braces you wore as a kid are becoming a thing of the past.

Instead of pushing and pulling the teeth into new — and often improper — positions to straighten the teeth, Controlled Arch braces, also known as arch orthodontics, consider your physiologic development and facial characteristics to plan for your teeth’s proper and healthy position.

Controlled Arch braces first address space issues in your mouth and problems with your jaw, ensuring that the teeth have plenty of room. Then Controlled Arch braces move the teeth.

This approach allows us to ensure that your smile not only looks good, but is also built on a healthy foundation, which protects your overall health for the long term.

Controlled Arch Orthodontics Versus Traditional Braces

As previously discussed, conventional orthodontic treatments focus on one thing: smile aesthetics. This approach pushes the teeth around to get the desired look, actions known as retractions.

But moving teeth in a space that is too small can lead to issues down the road. For one, your mouth may not be large enough to accommodate all your teeth, which can lead to unnecessary tooth extractions to create enough space for the teeth. It can also mean future bite and jaw problems, and the risk of developing life-threatening sleep breathing disorders.

By expanding the jaw using our approach to orthodontics, we can eliminate tooth crowding and reduce the need for tooth extractions, lessen wear and tear on the jaw joints, and lower the risk of developing TMD or obstructive sleep apnea.

An additional benefit to Controlled Arch braces is improved facial appearance, as premature aging is often a consequence of tooth extractions.

"Controlled Arch Orthodontics"

With standard orthodontic systems, the wires and brackets are used to move teeth in whatever direction needed until they are aligned. Once they are, they are pulled together tightly. This works really well unless you have a significant amount of crowding and no space to align them all. And our back teeth, with larger roots, will pull teeth backward when chained together. More on that below.

"Standard Ortho Systems"

Controlled Arch Orthodontics was designed to overcome the challenges that standard systems fight. The ability to move teeth forward, instead of backward solves many challenges, such as the common need for extractions which can flatten the facial profile.  It also ensures that the TMJ is in good position, and the jaws are aligned in a way that doesn’t create muscle pain from balancing “a bad bite”.

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How Controlled Arch Orthodontics Works

Controlled Arch braces treatment involves using large arches and arch wires to expand the arch of the upper jaw and the molars’ position.

After treatment, the bite improves, and jaw alignment issues and stress on the jaw joints subside. The upper airway widens, reducing the risk of developing sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders.

Who Is a Candidate for Controlled Arch Orthodontic Care?

Good candidates for Controlled Arch braces are patients whose jaws did not fully develop, causing a narrow arch and crowded teeth. Controlled Arch braces treatment can be used for adolescents and adults. In fact, many adults who wore braces as kids and experienced orthodontic relapse choose this treatment.

Controlled Arch braces can treat:

Overbites, underbites and crossbites

Crowded teeth

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or TMD symptoms

Obstructive sleep apnea

Abnormalities in appearance, including a narrow face, flat mid-face and recessed chin

“Bad” bites/bites that are out of balance

Chronic mouth breathing

Benefits of Controlled Arch Braces

Controlled Arch braces can:

  • Improve the appearance of the cheekbones and face
  • Prevent or improve the appearance of laugh lines, wrinkles around the mouth and nose, sagging jowls, and “turkey neck”
  • Improve the profile and mid-face
  • Relax stressed jaw muscles and the risk of developing TMD
  • Reduced risk of developing a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea
  • Correct breathing; mouth breathing is reduced
  • Correct oral rest posture

The most significant benefits of Controlled Arch braces include:

Fast Ortho


Controlled Arch braces are faster at treating orthodontics issues than conventional braces.


It reduces the need for extractions.

If your arch doesn’t fully develop, there may not be room for all your teeth. Traditional orthodontic treatments cannot help this situation, forcing many people to have unnecessary extractions. Controlled Arch Orthodontics allows the arch space to be developed, making extractions a thing of the past and allowing you to keep your teeth.

Good Bite

It balances the bite.

Did you know that you can have a bad bite and still have straight teeth? It’s true. Even when the teeth are aligned, the bite can be out of balance, causing the jaws and muscles to work harder to keep the jaws in place. Over time, this stress can cause you pain, TMD, and headaches. Controlled Arch braces can help.

TMD pain


A poorly aligned bite can negatively affect your jaw joints, causing pain in the jaw and the surrounding area, even with straight teeth. Controlled Arch Orthodontics can help!


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