This is about straight teeth.
But this is not about braces.
And it is definitely not about extractions.
Integrative Orthodontics is about more than just straight teeth...
WE ARE ABOUT HEALTHY CHILDREN
We concentrate on the things that help children be healthy and grow up with straight teeth.
You see, crooked teeth are only part of the problem...
Here's what else to look for in your child...(Hover over the pix)
At the Raphael Center, we don't think crooked teeth are just inherited.
Teeth come in crooked because of habits (there are four major ones). Change these habits and the teeth can grow in straighter...often without braces at all. Wouldn't that be nice?
Plus, there are lots of health benefits to healthy habits.
Here's how we do it...
We teach kids healthy habits...
...now, what doctor does that?
In a kid-friendly place...
... nothing dental office scary here.
Using an easy to follow plan...
...with step by step instructions to follow at home.
Here's what we can do for your child.
When we address your child's mouth breathing and posture habits...just the basics, mind you...here's what happens...
Let's hear how Dr. Raphael says it...
Less mouth breathing
Getting the lips to close and the tongue to rest on the palate changes facial growth for the better.
Better facial profile
Good facial growth leads to a more attractive face and the teeth can easily come in straighter.
Good facial growth opens up the breathing spaces so you can sleep better, think clearer, and perform activities with less fatigue.
Better breathing and sleep...
The way you breathe - day and night - affects your sleep, your mood, your behavior....everything!
And the icing on the cake is straighter teeth...naturally. No braces for this case.
"His snoring has stopped and his teeth are really starting to move in the right direction and without braces... Dr. Raphael's done a great job of making it easy on Jimmy and us. "
Jimmy and Jim Gallagher
"My boys just finished the program and I can only say amazing things about it. The support we get from the team and the visits keeps our kids motivated. And the change from where they started to where they ended!…there’s just no words…the caring we get from everyone here made this experience so fabulous."
"Since we started the program, I’ve seen such a huge difference in Rebecca. She used to keep her mouth open mostly at night and now she breathes through her nose and her lips a closed. And of course, her teeth…such a change without braces…her teeth are beautiful now."
"Sometimes at the mall when we’re going places, I notice a lot of kids with open mouths and braces...it shows a lot."
"They were giving Gabriel more and more allergy medications and I said: No, there is something else going on...His jaw was so narrow and he was breathing through his mouth it was really affecting him. He was a mess. I was a mess. He was going almost every year to the emergency room... But now, after the program, I don't panic so much because I know he's feeling better. "
"Dina needed a space saver in her mouth due to a pulled tooth. We were only looking to solve that problem but were told we could move her lower jaw forward. We went for it!
Her lower jaw definitely moved forward and her profile is certainly improved. She stopped thumb sucking and keeps her mouth closed.... Thank you for everything. We are happy with the improvement! I feel confident that the skills she learned will help her for life"
Yes, we are also a full-service orthodontic office that does:
Clear Aligners, including Invisalign
Surgically-facilitated Orthodontics Treatment (SFOT)
Adult Expansion an Opening Extraction Spaces
and all that good stuff.
We have private practitioners on the campus that do:
Craniosacral and Craniofascial Therapies
Dr. Raphael is a specialist in orthodontics (NJ Specialty Permit # 3684) and is widely regarded as a leader in this field.
And if you're really into details...
When should I bring my child to see you?
Most people think this answer has to do with the stage or age of the teeth. It does not.
Isn't 4 years old too early to start orthodontics?
Yes, if all you care about is straight teeth, that can be easily done later.
What are the goals of your treatment?
Simply, we want to teach the four healthy habits that help the jaws, face, and airway grow the best (we knew you were curious): That is: they should be able to
Breathe through their nose comfortably,
Hold their lips together without strain,
Have the tongue resting on the palate and
Be able to swallow using just the tongue and not the facial muscles.
Will my child still need braces?
Sometimes, yes. Our "home run" is when the teeth grow in straight and no braces are needed. But sometimes, people still want that perfect Hollywood smile and we can give that to you with braces or aligners.
Is this expensive?
If you come early enough and avoid the use of braces, you can save thousands of dollars. However, the later you come and the more damage we have to heal, the more the cost.
Your first visit...
Since we look at more than teeth, there is a lot more information to gather before we decide if we're right for each other.
We want to know:
Your biggest concerns and goals
Your health history
Your sleep habits and quality
Your birth and feeding history
How well you breathe, night and day
How your jaws have grown
How well your tongue works in speaking, breathing, and swallowing
What your posture is like
The other professionals helping with this problem.
One of the aftermaths of the pandemic is that we try to do as much of this remotely from your home as we can. You will begin with a phone discussion with our Treatment Coordinator. She will help you gather this information and assemble the portfolio Dr. Raphael will use to assess your case.
Then when you come to our office for x-rays and other tests, you can be here for a much shorter time.
Finally, you will meet with Dr. Raphael for an in-depth discussion of your situation and all the possible solutions. Our broad-based service will allow you to choose the option that fits your needs and desires the best.
Our At-Home-Only program lets you get treatment started in a fast, economical way so that the current situation doesn't have to make you delay your child's treatment.
Ask our Patient Coordinator for more details.
The Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics
1425 Broad Street
Clifton NJ 07013
NJ Specialty # 3684