ALF device update–look at that smile!

Phase One: Complete!


Somehow, we hit the sweet spot of pre-puberty growth and appropriate timing for the ALF device and Kyle has completed Phase One in exactly one year.  Woot!  He’s been device-free for almost 5 months and his bite is stable.  We go back in 2 months for photos and bite register to officially wrap this up.  Our plan: he grows a bit more, a few more teeth come in, and then we start Phase Two.  In the meantime, we only need to check in twice a year.


It doesn’t always work this fast or this well.  What’s the phrase…your mileage may vary (YMMV).  However, I am overjoyed for something to go relatively smoothly and painlessly.  Traditional orthodontia would have had us cranking open his upper palate with a butterfly expander, something our pediatric neurologist wasn’t very keen on.  Me neither.

This has been an easier and less traumatic, although pricier, option. Worth. Every. Penny.


For more information on ALF devices, check this out.



About Jill R.

Mom, mostly tired, to 3 boys, mostly wired. Pretty much obsessed with healing foods for healthy brains.
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2 Responses to ALF device update–look at that smile!

  1. Nicole says:

    Hi Jill,

    I have been researching using ALF for my 10 year old son. I am so encouraged seeing your son’s progress. I went to see an ALF practitioner here in Los Angeles for an initial consult, but I can’t find much in the way of reviews or feedback about their work. Same goes for the others listed on the ALF website. Did your osteopath recommend someone based on experience? I wish I could get a recommendation from someone I trusted. My son’s two middle, upper front teeth protrude outward, and his lower jaw is too far back (13mm gap). The dentist said it was one of the biggest they have seen, and the negativity concerned me (there were other things that were said that gave me this feeling). But if that person is the best for him, I would deal with what I felt was a bit of a condescending attitude, if I had to. If you have any feedback, I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for openly sharing about your son’s journey. It gave me the encouragement I so badly needed.

    All the best,

    • Jill R. says:

      We were referred to our practitioner. There are 3 or 4 within an hour of my house, but we went with the recommendation. There just aren’t so many that you can get picky on a personality match. You’re going for technical skill.

      Honestly, there’s a bit of a personality clash with my kid, but he can be a prickly kid. He did pull me aside and tell me he could work on him if the behavior continued. And I get that. His job is teeth and jaws. His job is not behavior modification. I could have been offended, but I wasn’t. I’m going to do what I need to do to help my kid. My kid’s alignment has dramatically improved. I don’t need to be besties with the doctor.

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