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Non-Extraction Therapy in Orthodontics, With Dr. Ousama El-Hillal, E & S Orthodontics, Phoenix, Tolleson, Chandler, Peoria, AZ

Orthodontic technology has really advanced in how orthodontists practice and from a patient's perspective, one of the biggest advances made within the last 10 years is the ability to do a lot of treatments without having to pull teeth.  Dr. Ousama El-Hillal, orthodontist with E & S Orthodontics in the Phoenix, Arizona area, says that today, the advent of the Damon Bracket System and the ability to take 3-D x-rays allows him to diagnose and treat more effectively and efficiently.  When looking for an orthodontist, Dr. El-Hillal recommends finding one that is engaged with this technology because that enhances your experience.

Today, parents are often questioning why orthodontic treatment is being started so early on children, even as young as 7 or 8.  Dr. El-Hillal says it's inherent upon the orthodontist to give patients the best aesthetics possible and one of the simplest ways to do that is to make sure they have room for all of their adult teeth.  If there's a way to develop a child's arch at an earlier age so that extraction can be avoided, that's is something to which Dr. El-Hillal is committed.

Using a global perspective in determining whether to extract teeth from a child, Dr. El-Hillal will look at the child's profile and where the lower jaw is positioned.  He believes that going forward, if teeth are extracted, it might lead to airway obstruction, something which he thinks will be a hotly debated topic in the future.  "To move things forward, you have to look at ways of treating patients with non-extraction therapy," Dr. El-Hillal says.

Dr. Ousama El-Hillal is an orthodontist with E & S Orthodontics, with locations in Tolleson, Peoria and Chandler, Arizona.   He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand sleep breathing disorder video content.

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