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FIBEROTOMIES

ADJUNCTIVE PERIODONTAL PROCEDURES FOR SUCCESSFUL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

 

A HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL SMILE THAT’S GOOD FOR LIFE

 

The goal of orthodontic treatment is to provide patients with a functional bite and a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life.  Your orthodontist works with your dentist and other dental specialists, as necessary, to achieve this goal.

 

Sometimes orthodontic treatment alone is not enough to address all of the problems that exist in a patient’s mouth, so your orthodontist may enlist the aid of your dentist or dental specialists to provide additional treatment before, during or after orthodontic treatment.  

 

If adjunctive (additional) treatment is recommended by the orthodontist, you may be referred to your dentist or pediatric dentist, a periodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a prosthodontist for the procedure.

 

FIBEROTOMY

 

WHAT IS A FIBEROTOMY?

 

A fiberotomy is a minor surgical procedure that releases tiny elastic fibers around teeth.  For some patients, these fibers cause teeth to turn, or rotate, significantly.  The procedure may be recommended as an additional measure to maintain the functional bite and healthy, beautiful smile achieved through orthodontic treatment.

 

WHO NEEDS A FIBEROTOMY AND WHEN?

 

Patients whose teeth had a high degree of rotation before orthodontic treatment may need a fiberotomy.  Such teeth have a strong tendency to relapse, or return to their original positions, due to the “memory” of the elastic fibers.  This “memory” may work to return the teeth to their pre-treatment positions.  A fiberotomy releases the elastic fibers to minimize rotational relapse after braces or other orthodontic appliances are removed.

 

The orthodontist will base the recommendation for a fiberotomy on his/her education and clinical experience.  Your orthodontist is in the best position to advise on the timing of this treatment.

 

Retainers will still be needed to maintain alignment of the teeth following treatment. 

We will be happy to arrange a Free Consultation for you in order to get all the information you need to know

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