For decades, orthodontists have relied on surgical intervention to correct jaw misalignment. About 20 years ago however, the Multi-Loop Edgewise Archwire (or MEAW) treatment was developed by Dr. Young H. Kim and introduced to the world of orthodontics. This technique has revolutionized the way orthodontists treat realignment of the jaws, providing a safer, less invasive option for patients across the country.
While this treatment is on the cutting edge of orthodontic technology and treatment, not all orthodontists are trained in this technique, and very few can offer it as a treatment option to their patients. Dr. Danny Bass is one of a very few orthodontists in Florida who perform this procedure, and Family orthodontics is proud to offer MEAW Non-Surgical Treatment in Wellington.
What Does MEAW Treat?
The Multi-Loop Edgewise Archwire technique is used specifically in the treatment of malocclusion. Malocclusion refers to the misalignment of the upper and lower dental arches. The word malocclusion literally means “bad bite”, and you may be more familiar with some of the more specific descriptions of the condition, like “overbite” and “underbite”.
Appearance aside, a bad bite can cause problems with chewing, swallowing, and even breathing. This is why it’s generally recommended to have malocclusion treated as early as possible. Now that treatment has been made far more accessible through the MEAW system!
How Does MEAW Work?
The MEAW device is essentially a strong steel wire with a series of loops along its length. These “boot loops” provide a unique degree of three-dimensional control over each tooth. Over the course of the treatment, the maxillary and mandibular occlusal planes are adapted to correct a bad bite. It’s a targeted and strategic approach that produces superior results.
While all of this might sound pretty complex, the procedure is really quite simple and straightforward. If you’d like to learn more about how MEAW works, or if you’re interested in starting MEAW treatment yourself, give us a call at 561.762.6200 and we’ll provide a full consultation.