Since ALF therapy is highly specific to the needs of the patient and the discretion of the provider, it is suggested that discussions related to cost and timing of treatment be directed to the provider of your choice. The needs of the patient are customized into the treatment plan.
ALF therapy is not usually not covered by dental insurance as it is not a traditional dental service. However, it is an investment that is invaluable to those who have experienced the many benefits of ALF therapy. Use of the ALF has the potential of not only saving money related to future healthcare costs but also achieving the benefits of a lifetime of enhanced health, beauty and function.
The simple sophistication of the ALF design creates the environment for treatment success. The many years of research and development of ALF Therapy has allowed for a natural evolution of the appliance based on principles but guided by experience. No other dental appliance has had as much careful observation by the osteopathic medical community. Other appliances often cannot deliver the benefits that the ALF can provide for the patient when done with proper training and careful consideration of the patient’s medical and neurological needs.
People often fear what they do not understand. Regretfully, those who are not members of the ALF InterFACE Professional community might be critical of its use. However, with the sheer number of patients and parents who have witnessed these transformations, our hope is that those who have little or no experience will consider learning more about ALF Therapy and the opportunities that are provided through its use. The simple yet profound truth is that the body is interconnected in ways that traditional medicine and dentistry do not currently fully understand. ALF Therapy providers actively seek that truth while others often seek comfort in traditional techniques without exploring the benefits of the advancements made possible through the development of the ALF family of appliances and therapies.
There are a growing number of parents and patients valuing providers who have become aligned with the paradigm shift that is centered on a more health conscious approach to healthcare. The traditional medical model of the use of pills and procedures is being challenged by the new trend of healthcare that is focusing on prevention and intervention while looking to nature for guidance. As a result of the ease of access to information through the internet and social media, people are taking charge of their healthcare decisions instead of depending on the system to direct and determine their care. The typical parents and patients seeking ALF Therapy are highly educated, intelligent and caring individuals that want to more natural approach to care with consideration of the entire person in the approach to treatment. The typical ALF Therapy provider is aware that their scope of practice might be limited to the “FACE”, but the “Inter”connectedness of the human body is something that we respect and strive to influence in the most positive manner possible for the betterment of our patients. This elite group of healthcare professionals often exceed the boundaries of their professional comfort zone to be able to provide services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of patients who look to them to provide services reflective of the future of healthcare. The amount of training and dedication required to provide ALF Therapy services far exceeds the requirements of traditional dentistry. Training in osteopathy in the cranial field, oral myology, autonomic nervous system balance assessment, the physiology of breathing, orthodontic techniques, nutrition, neurological reflex testing along with other biometric assessments too numerous to list are only a portion of the highly advanced training and biometric assessments available to and utilized by the ALF Therapy provider. We use our skills as dentists and our extensive training as dental physicians in the context of overall health to provide dental services that have an influence on the whole body.
The mouth-body-mind connection is directly under our influence as dental providers. ALF Therapy dentists strive to use those influences to the benefit of our patients using Comprehensive ALF Therapy.
Which type of orthodontic treatment would you prefer: One that improves the entire body, or one that places focus just on the teeth?
Patients seeking ALF Therapy wish to receive as many benefits of treatment as possible for themselves and their children. Access to education and options to traditional care are changing the environment of healthcare.
The ALF InterFACE Community is proud to be a part of this healthcare revolution.
The ALF was developed in the early 1980's and has been constantly improved, refined and expanded on as it has evolved throughout the years. Many people mistakenly believe that the ALF has only one design. In reality there are many designs that are able to be fully customized to the individual needs of the patient. Dr. Darick Nordstrom is the original creator and innovator of the ALF family of appliances. He began the process of designing, refining, evaluating and perfecting the appliance design with the help of the osteopathic community over 35 years ago. He has generously dedicated his career to the ongoing process of carefully and methodically developing the techniques and technologies that support authentic ALF therapies. The ALF InterFACE organization supports his authentic mission and goals of therapy. His innovation and inspiration is admired by everyone who has experienced the benefits of ALF therapy.
Even though properly performed ALF Therapy creates beautiful smiles and faces by utilizing the oral environment (including the teeth), it must be understood that this dental technique is very different than orthodontic approaches.
Patients seeking a treatment approach that is limited to the movement of teeth often seek the advice from a dentist who has taken very specialized training in tooth alignment referred to as an orthodontist. Orthodontists undertake a 2 year post doctoral program that instructs on an approach limited to tooth alignment using braces, clear aligners, surgical interventions and rigid, fixed palatal expanders.
Their instruction does not include instruction on the use of the ALF family of appliances as this instruction is only available through private instruction in the multifactorial aspect of care offered through ALF Therapy.
Patients seeking a treatment approach to prevent or treat functional issues such as:
...may want to consider ALF Therapy as another option to the more tooth-focused therapy provided by other forms of orthodontics.
Properly trained ALF Therapists evaluate and address the patients neurological and developmental concerns that created the need for orthodontic intervention including aspects of heath such as:
Providers who fail to receive ongoing training on treating their patients from a comprehensive approach often are not able to achieve the results needed for long-term success and stability. Receiving a comprehensive ALF Therapy Education offers unique solutions to treatment that a limited training simply cannot offer.
The difference between function and dysfunction as well as illness and wellness can be as little as 3 letters and finding the right solution or as big as the discrepancy between what we thought we knew and what we have yet to learn. The most vulnerable of patients are most often the ones that receive the most benefit from the TEAM approach to ALF therapy. These patients often have the opportunity with the ALF to “catch up” with achieving their full potential that was not possible within the context of the realities of their limitations. Parents of children with compromised abilities seek ALF Therapy practitioners based on the amazing successes that are reported with the use of the ALF and related therapies. However, if it is effective with the compromised, imagine the benefits to those who are considered “normal”. Children face many obstacles as they grow and develop into adults. Caring parents do whatever it takes to create the environment for their children to express their full potential. ALF Therapy often allows the opportunity for the growing child to be the best version of themselves as it supports the development of a face that is interconnected with the body in ways that are often impossible with other therapies and orthodontic techniques
TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More
ALF Therapy providers are trained as an interdisciplinary team and strive to provide patient care in a supportive healthcare team whenever practical and possible. The combination of dental care, osteopathic treatment, physical therapy, oral myofunctional therapy, oral and neurophysiology and autonomic nervous system assessment are highly valued in attaining the best results in the shortest time for our ALF patients. Therapists who work with ALF dentists realize the benefits of working with dental appliance therapies as the nature of the “adjustment” is continuous with an appliance while intermittent with manual therapy. Dental appliance therapy of a supportive, neurological nature is often invaluable in the treatment of patients with complex issues.
The decision to choose a provider should be based on the education and experience of the provider as well as the treatment goals that you discuss with your chosen provider. One of the goals of the ALF Therapy websites are to allow for all ALF providers and patients to achieve complete transparency when disclosing their ALF therapy related training. Not all ALF related training is obtained through Dr. Nordstrom as several providers throughout the years have developed courses to teach healthcare professionals of the many benefits of ALF therapy
Many ALF providers have taken introductory courses by different instructors in the in various ideologies of ALF Therapy, but receiving a truly comprehensive ALF education is achieved through a lifetime of learning, consistent involvement in ALF study clubs and commitment to connecting with Dr. Nordstrom as he continually updates and refines the nuances of Comprehensive ALF therapy. The ALF InterFACE Academy and Synergy Academy provide this ongoing advanced education to the committed ALF therapist through our annual conferences, study club meetings and our online teaching modules that combine the convenience of online education with the practicality of hands-on training in a clinical environment.
Dr. Nordstrom and the ALF InterFACE organization cannot endorse the quality of or level of training received by the providers listed on this or any other site nor do we take responsibility for the level of care that you receive from an ALF therapist.
It is our hope that the parent searching for an ALF provider will be able to identify the provider that best meets their needs based on not only convenience of location, but also the provider's commitment to their authentic ALF Therapy education.