Asian Focused Orthodontics
Orthodontists today use pre-adjusted appliances that are derived from Caucasian norms. When treating Asian patients with straight wire applications, the clinician must increase the torque values for both the upper and lower incisors and decrease the angulation values in order to achieve an optimal interincisal angle and functional occlusion for Asians.
The relationship between the nose, lips, and chin is one of the most important considerations in diagnosis and treatment planning. Moving the anterior teeth in any direction will affect the position of the lips and overall facial balance.
Dr. Raymond Sugiyama, creator of the Asian inspired bracket system, SEBA, has researched the differences between various ethnic groups for the past ten years. His findings, based on scientific evidence, show statistically significant differences in the dental anatomy and celphalometric measurements between Caucasians and Asians.
• Asian teeth are wider mesio-distally and have less angulation than Caucasian teeth.
• The upper and lower incisors of Asian teeth are more proclined, in relation to basal bone, than Causasian teeth.
• The interincisal angle is significantly less for Asians than Caucasians.
These evidence-based findings have led to the development of the SEBA prescription. Higher torque and lower angulation of the SEBA prescription keep the teeth in the middle of the basal bone during orthodontic movement, thereby lessening the chance for root resorption.
Improved Aesthetics and Stability
People of various ethnicity show differences in hair, skin and eye color, as well as in other physical and structural anatomy. The orthodontist must recognize and respect these differences by placing the teeth in their natural position related to basal bone and to each other. Dr. Masri offers patients of all ethnicities the advantages of realizing their dental and facial aesthetics and enhance their chances for long term stability by placing teeth in a more natural and functional position than Caucasian-based straight wire systems.
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Doctor Masri is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics which means he achieved the highest degree of certification in the field. Doctor Masri has a large referral base of the best dentists spanning from all over the Metro Detroit area, because of his vast experience and knowledge. Doctor Masri hosts continuing education classes for other dentists and their staff educating them about the cutting edge technology in the field.