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Integrative Orthodontics for Children

orthodontic-problems-new-jerseyWe Are Supposed To Be Born With Straight Teeth

The evidence says that there are no genes for crooked teeth. Our bodies are reacting to imbalances cause by our modern "industrial" environment.  This picture shows the difference that science is showing us between Modern and Paleo man.  We used to have plenty of room for all our teeth.

If we change the environment that teeth the grow in, then we can change the way teeth grow. That is what Integrative Orthodontics (IO) is about.

The Benefits of Integrative Orthodontics

Prevention: Helps to prevent crooked teeth, if started early

Facial Growth: The shape of the face affects our appearance, our teeth, and our breathing passages, day and night. We influence facial growth from the beginning, so children benefit for life.


Health: We just don't treat the symptom, we look for the cause of your child's problem and treat it effectively.

Integrative:  We address all the aspects of good health: tongue posture, breathing, eating, body posture, sleep,  plus a beautiful smile.

For IO Patients: Teamwork Makes It Happen

There are two goals to Integrative Orthodontics...

  1. Undo the damage that has already been done to the face and teeth by bad oral habits.
  2. Replace those habits with better ones. 

Simple enough to say, but actually making it work requires a team effort. You, the parent, the patient plus our team - the Orthodontist - the Oral Myologist - the Habit Coaches  and possibly other allies work together to help your child stay on the path to proper health.

Undoing the Damage 

"Damage" may seem like a strong word.  But we see changes in growth that are more than just crooked teeth.  If your child's face is beginning to growth in a direction or shape it was not intended to, than we have to get that growth back on course and keep it there.

This work can be done with Jaw Growth Appliances of various sorts, like expanders, advancers, Myobrace, and Biobloc, to name a few. (See Methods) We help you pick the appliance and approach that matches both your child's problem and your child as a person.

Replacing Bad Habits

A large part of effective Integrative Orthodontic treatment as to do with teaching good habits... 

  • Nasal breathing
  • Lips closed at rest
  • Tongue resting on the roof of the mouth
  • The facial muscles are at rest on swallowing
  • Ways to breathe for better oxygen delivery
  • Ways to eat to fuel proper growth
  • Ways to sit and stand to keep bones growing straight
  • Ways to sleep to properly rest and grow the body

This is by far both the easiest and most difficult part of the treatment. It's easy because it is simple to understand and do. It's difficult because YOU have to DO it.  And in today's quick-fix, magic pill world, that is not so easy for some parents and children. 

This is why we are going through the trouble of teaching you all about it.

For the program to work:

  1. Appliances MUST be worn as instructed (Some just at home. Some all day long.)
  2. Exercises MUST be practiced each and every day.
  3. At times, like going to the gym or eating right, it may be inconvenient and you may say "...tomorrow".  But this won't work.
  4. You and your child must be willing to make a personal commitment to become healthier over the course of your contract with us in order to get the most out of it.

Integrative Ortho for a Lifetime of Benefits

Integrative Orthodontic treament may seem like a lot of work, but we believe the benefits are well worth it.

We are not just concerned whether your child will look good in the prom pictures or find a good mate or job.  We are also concerned with how your child will be able to breath, eat and sleep for the rest of his or her life.

Patients typically report improvements in nighttime breathing, a fuller broader smile, more peaceful sleep,  easier chewing and a healthier outlook all around. Corrective orthodontics does an amazing job of straightening teeth. Integrative Orthodontics looks beyond the teeth to the shape of the face and the adequacy of the nasal airway.


Game:FACE is our positive-reinforcment behavior modification program designed to make your child's journey toward better health fun and rewarding.

Game:Face helps you define the "Epic Wins" and you provide the rewards to your child.

As part of the game, the Raphael Center will help your child define a number of important elements...

Allies: People or things that help them toward their goal (like us!) (and you!)

Villians: Things they do to make them worse

PowerUPs: Catalysts to make them better

Quests: Short-term goals to keep their motivation focused

Epic Wins: All the ways you'll be Better!

Our No-Risk Policy

To be successful using Integrative Orthodontics, we ask you to make a commitment. That means a certain degree of uncertainty whether it will actually work.  The Raphael Center wants you to be confident in your choice, so we employ a simple contract.

During this contract, usually 12 - 18 months, you will have full access to the orthodontist, the coaches, the Game:FACE book, website resources and health classes. You will usually visit us once a month, or more if you need to.

In turn, our end of the agreement is to do everything we can to help you get the most out of the program. 
If for any reason, you decide this program is not right for you, we offer a 3-month money-back guarantee (minus appliance costs).  After 3 months, prorated fees can be credited to conventional treatment at our Center.


orthodontist-clifton-nj-new-jerseyWe thank our patients for the trust they have put in our orthodontics practice the past 30 years (60 years if you include my Dad and Elaine).
I hope this website earns their trust again.

Barry Raphael, DMD

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