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Interdisciplinary Orthodontics

An integrated approach to oral care can significantly improve dental health and aesthetics. This is what sets Dr. Brienne Roloff apart. Her constant dedication to gaining knowledge within all areas of dentistry allows her to manage complex problems, create solutions for other dentists, specialists, and most importantly, the patient. This expertise has made her a specialist within her own orthodontic specialty. As the field of dentistry has continued to evolve, close communication with a patient’s dentist and specialists are needed to collaborate and design comprehensive courses of treatment. Dr. Roloff’s background maximizes her ability to use the most innovative and advanced techniques available, which ultimately impacts a patient’s dental care, as well as their overall health and well-being.

What Is Interdisciplinary Orthodontics?

The goal of interdisciplinary orthodontics is to utilize the skills and expertise of different specialists to address any issues relating to the patient’s concerns, ultimately providing the best and most complete improvement. Orthodontics may be the first part of treatment or conducted secondary as a follow-up to other care. As previously stated, Dr. Brienne Roloff’s focus is to plan uncompromised, highly effective orthodontic therapies for patients by collaborating with a patient’s general dentist and other specialists.

What Are the Benefits of Interdisciplinary Orthodontics?

At Kois Orthodontics and Kois Dentistry, we have an entire team of world-renowned specialists available to provide you with convenient and thorough care. By combining orthodontic treatment with other dental services, our patients can experience the following benefits:

The most appropriate treatment for a patient’s needs and aesthetic goals will be established during an in-depth evaluation. This may involve an oral examination, imaging tests, and other diagnostic steps to identify the specific problems that need to be addressed. With this information, Dr. Roloff and our other specialists can begin planning exactly which treatments are indicated and an estimated timeline for when these can be realistically completed.
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How Does Interdisciplinary Orthodontics Work?

The most appropriate treatment for a patient’s needs and aesthetic goals will be established during an in-depth evaluation. This may involve an oral examination, imaging tests, and other diagnostic steps to identify the specific problems that need to be addressed. With this information, Dr. Roloff and other specialists can begin planning exactly which treatments are indicated, sequencing, and an estimated timeline for when these can be realistically completed.

The extent of a patient’s needs is first determined at the diagnostic stage of planning. Based on the data collection and patient presentations, Dr. Roloff may advise orthodontic therapy, such as traditional braces or Invisalign®, to begin at the start of the patient’s treatment plan or as a supplement that follows other dental care. For example, pre-restorative orthodontics may be recommended as the initial step of a patient’s treatment, if the alignment of the teeth and bite need improvement prior to completion of restorative dentistry (bridges, implants, fillings, crowns, veneers, or onlays). Another option may be utilizing restorations or periodontal procedures before or during orthodontic therapy. This may be necessary for patients with missing, worn, or damaged teeth or patients with gum and bone concerns.  

In some cases, Dr. Roloff may need to perform surgical orthodontics as part of the interdisciplinary approach. Since she is focused on addressing underlying the foundation for achieving an optimal smile, a surgical approach can be useful when a patient has periodontal concerns, jaw misalignment, missing or impacted teeth, airway/breathing concerns, and/or aesthetic issues that need treatment. There are a number of surgical procedures that range in invasiveness and complexity and can be explained at your evaluation appointment.

Adults are especially prone to needing a multi-faceted treatment plan, as they often have developed more severe oral problems over the years. However, patients of all ages can benefit from an interdisciplinary approach for their dental concerns. As dentistry becomes more integrated with overall health and wellness, there has been more focus on airway issues, sleep disordered breathing/apnea, and tongue positioning. For children and adults, this can involve working with a team of medical providers and speech therapists to deliver care that is appropriate for a patient’s individual situation, based on the most current evidence and techniques.