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Techniques and treatments:

Dr. Farrar’s specialized orthodontic education and clinical experiences
have provided her a broad range of techniques and clinical 
approaches from which to draw in the treatment of her patients. 

Traditional braces:  Dr. Marie Farrar has training and experience in both traditional Tweed (standard edgewise) and Begg (lightwire) techniques, and today prefers an active self-ligating bracket system utilizing a modern straightwire approach with high tech memory wires.  This allows the perfect blend of light forces and low friction in the early stages of orthodontic treatment, while allowing greater control at the end of treatment in order to position the roots of the teeth for greatest stability. For patients, this means greater comfort and more efficient tooth movement.  It also means shorter appointments, faster treatment time, and less wire bending!  (Note that while some orthodontists claim that a certain unnamed brand of passive self-ligating brackets is better than any other kind of braces bracket, but beware there is NO clinical evidence to back up their claims!)

Emphasis on esthetics:  Today's ceramic brackets make a significant esthetic improvement over traditional metal braces with little to no compromise in treatment efficiency or outcome.  Dr. Farrar uses metal archwires that are non-reflective and far less noticeable with clear braces--again with little to no effect on treatment efficiency.  In fact, Dr. Farrar no longer charges extra for clear braces--they are automatically included in every patient's treatment fee!   

Today's esthetic braces do not compromise treatment efficiency.Other high tech treatments:  Beyond traditional brackets and wires, Dr. Marie also offers clear aligner technologies such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect.  In fact, at Smile Studio, clear aligner treatments (if indicated) no longer cost more than treatment with brackets and bands! (An exception is when a patient opts for a clear aligner on the upper arch with clear brackets on the lower.)  She has also been trained and certified with Lingualcare/Incognito (braces applied to the lingual surfaces of the teeth) and SureSmile custom wire fabrication.  With so many treatment techniques in her tool belt, she is uniquely qualified to help each patient discern the best treatment approach for his or her particular needs.

Treatment acceleration:  In a hurry for your best smile but unwilling to compromise on a limited result?  There is no need to sacrifice quality for speed.  Dr. Farrar offers PROPEL treatment acceleration, a micro-osteoperforation procedure that significantly decreases treatment time.

Interceptive treatments:  Early extraction of deciduous (baby) teeth to alleviate crowding during the transition from baby incisors to their much larger permanent tooth replacements are the most common interceptive treatments recommended in our office.  Midline issues can be headed off by early diagnosis and intervention when four permanent incisors take up the space of five baby teeth, and impacted upper cuspids can often be prevented by early extraction of baby teeth. Even with crowded incisors, we can often avoid permanent tooth extractions by using a space maintainer to preserve the "leeway" space (the extra space that is gained when the lower baby molars are replaced by the much smaller permanent premolars).   

Early treatments:  Several problems that show up during the mixed dentition (the stage when kids are losing their baby teeth and growing in their permanent ones) are best handled before all of the permanent teeth have erupted to avoid asymmetric or unbalanced jaw growth caused by the poor fit of the teeth.  A variety of appliances including rapid palatal expanders for cross bites of the back teeth and limited braces to correct crossbites of the front teeth are common in the elementary school years.  Functional appliances such as Herbsts or Frankels can be used to modulate jaw growth and establish greater facial balance.  Protraction "facemask" headgears can often be useful in intercepting underbites.  Molar distalizers can be used to push the 6-year molars into the proper bite relationship and are most efficient before the 12-year molars erupt.  All early treatments share the goals of preventing bigger problems: balancing jaw growth, minimizing the possibility of damage to permanent teeth from damage during accident prone elementary school years, and minimizing the time needed for (and cost of) full braces treatment later on.

Habit therapies:  There are several oral and functional habits that orthodontists are uniquely qualified to treat.  Dr. Marie loves to help a young thumb-suckers realize they no longer need the comfort their thumbs used to give them when they were younger!  Most of the time, a few behavior modification techniques and lots of encouragement and support are all that are required, but sometimes a cemented "crib" appliance is needed.  Lip-trapping and tongue thrusting are also treatable oral habits which can have a profound effect on the developing bite.  Chronic mouth-breathers should consider allergy treatments and/or airway evaluations by an ENT to improve facial balance and optimize jaw growth.

Temporomandibular joint treatments:  The daughter of renowned temporomandibular joint dysfunction lecturer and clinician Dr. Bill Farrar, Dr. Marie has a deep appreciation for and profound understanding of occlusion.  Dr. Farrar got her start in dentistry by assisting him both in his practice and in the preparation of his lectures and publications.  She is now adept at treating patients with TM dysfunction both with bruxism splints and orthotic splints for symptom resolution, as well as with full orthodontic treatment to stabilize the occlusion following splint therapy. 

Pre-prosthetic and multidisciplinary treatments:  The wife of a respected prosthodontist, Dr. Marie has seen firsthand many long-term effects of untreated malocclusions, and has much clinical experience with complex occlusal cases.  She is comfortable working with other specialists such as oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists in the management of pre-prosthetic cases.  Such cases may involve improving the underlying bite or spacing teeth properly for ideal implant or crown & bridge work.  They may also involve molar uprighting and orthodontic crown lengthening.

Minor tooth movement:  Dr. Farrar has significant experience using traditional retainers to align teeth and close gaps.  Many patients appreciate the significant cost savings which can be achieved with this approach to minor tooth position problems.

Snoring appliances:  For patients with a clinical diagnosis of sleep apnea, a dental snoring appliance can often be effective in reducing snoring and improving the quality of sleep.  These are typically much better tolerated than CPAP machines, though they must be properly fitted and overseen by a clinician who understands the occlusion and dynamics of jaw function.