Many children, starting at the
age of seven, visit an orthodontist with expectations of
achieving a beautiful smile. Recent orthodontic studies
indicate that improper occlusal equilibrium at a young age
can lead to significant joint and muscular problems
associated with one of today’s fastest growing problems,
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
Symptoms of TMD include but
are not limited to:
- Jaw pain and fatigue
- Clenching or grinding
- Clicking or popping of
- Neck, back and facial
- Tinnitus and earaches
Other areas associated with
malocclusion and improper jaw alignment may often result in
sleeping and breathing disorders. These combined problems
often lead to an inability to focus in school as well as
reduced performance associated with high energy activities
for today’s youth.
The good news is that
current orthodontic treatment programs, coupled with today’s
technology, can identify early stage detection of individual
markers for impending problems and provide preventative
To properly diagnose and
develop an individual treatment plan, orthodontic exams
- Panoramic and
- Facial and dental
- Impressions of the
- A complete medical and
- Identity of TMJ
Potential orthodontic and
TMJ related problems can often be detected early in life,
and preventative measures can be taken to avoid later
dysfunctions due to malocclusion or jaw asymmetry. Because
the symptoms of pain do not usually present until the teen
or even adult years of life, it is often advisable to take
the appropriate TMJ tomographic x-rays or CT scans of the
jaw when presented with early classic symptoms.
To minimize the risk of
potential occlusal problem and discomfort for your child, it
is advisable to seek an early orthodontic consultation. The
benefit can be a positive life altering experience while at
the same time finishing with a beautiful healthy smile.
Stoess-Allen DMD graduated from the University of Kentucky
with an honors Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
She practiced Dental Hygiene for 5 years and then attended
University of Louisville Dental School. She went on to
specialize in a 2 year orthodontic residency program at New
Dr. Stoess-Allen is
currently a member of the American Association of
Orthodontics, the Northeast Society of Orthodontics, the
American Dental Association, the New York Dental Society,
the Women's Academy of Dentistry and ICCMO. In addition, she
devotes time and energy to advance and offer orthodontic
evaluations and treatment to various philanthropic
organizations including the Little Baby Face Foundation,
which treats children from around the world who present with
facial and dental malformations.
For the past several
years, Dr. Stoess-Allen has devoted significant educational
and clinical time to the understanding and treatment of
neuromuscular disorders, helping patients alleviate pain and
discomfort in the temporomandibular joint, head and neck.
She uses the premise of neuromuscular positioning, placing
the teeth in the most harmonious and symmetrical
relationship to the surrounding muscle and bone, when
treating all of her patients - children and adults.
Dr. Stoess-Allen and her
husband live in Manhattan and are the proud parents of their
11 year old son.
can reach Dr. Stoess-Allen's practice by calling
http://www.parkaveortho.com. Her office is located at
935 Park Avenue, New York.