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ALF appliance therapy transforms Glen Allen, VA smiles

Traditional orthodontics is based on removing teeth if necessary to reduce crowding, and pushing and pulling remaining teeth into straighter positions. Glen Allen, VA dentist, Dr. Olivia Hart, offers an alternative that helps teeth move into place more naturally. The result of ALF appliance therapy is a big, broad smile . . . with some unexpected health benefits.

Understanding ALF orthodontics

Alf braces aren’t really braces at all. This method uses advanced lightwire functionals, an approach that addresses the underlying causes of misaligned teeth. Distortions of facial structures may be a result of genetics, birthing trauma, missing teeth, or injury to the head or mouth. The overarching purpose of ALF treatment is to address distortions of the skull and the maxillae bone that supports the top arch, bringing upper and lower teeth into alignment for proper bite.

The wire device, smaller than a bruxism appliance, fits inside teeth where it is barely visible. The appliance exerts precise force gently encouraging bones, muscles, and teeth to reach maximum functional and aesthetic potential. By reducing cranial stresses, treatment:
  • Reorients bone and muscle, making natural space for teeth without extractions.
  • Encourages proper tongue position.
  • Reshapes the palate.
  • Reduces tendency to mouth breath by improving nose breathing.
  • Increasing cranial motion.
  • May relieve chronic neck, shoulder, and back problems.

Treatment benefits

There is no typical treatment plan with ALF – it is personalized based on the complexity of your case. It may range from 18 to 36 months, usually in phases. First, cranial distortions are corrected. Then, the appliance addresses abnormalities at the base of the skull. If a third phase is needed, it involves realigning teeth to improve bite and enhance appearance.

There are many benefits of ALF appliance therapy, including:
  • Not noticeable.
  • Allows more normal eating and oral hygiene.
  • Most patients adapt easily, with no impact to speech.
  • Less discomfort than traditional braces.
  • Results are stable. You won’t have to wear a lifetime retainer.

Who is a good candidate for ALF?

In experienced hands, ALF appliance therapy is extremely versatile. It can be used to guide a child’s facial development, bringing the chin out and broadening the lower portion of the face. This avoids a pinched face with a narrow dental arch and recessed chin.

At her practice, Dr. Hart offers ALF for children only with the goal of making their smiles health and attractive. She makes ALF appliance cost affordable with flexible payment options and financing through CareCredit.

Would you like to learn more about the ALF appliance? Call (804) 381-6238 or email at to schedule a consultation at our Glen Allen, VA office.

Dr. Olivia Hart

Dr. Olivia Hart

DDS, NMD, IABDM & ICOI Fellow & AAIP Fellow

Dr. Olivia Hart, a highly accomplished dentist, is honored to serve her community in Glen Allen, VA. She has always sought to enrich her knowledge on dental health and to offer her patients the best comprehensive dental care possible. Her Richmond Family Dentistry provides services ranging from basic dental procedures to cosmetic dentistry and specialized dental services in Richmond.

ALF appliance therapy transforms at Glen Allen, VA


Dayna H.
Dr. Hart is gentle and professional, I knew I was in good hands during the entire procedure. Annie made my experience absolutely exceptional. She explained everything and made me feel very calm and comfortable before and during lunch the process. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking safer dental care!
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