What is a Crozat?
The Crozat method is a way of "straightening teeth" – an approach to preventive or corrective orthodontics. It is not new. It utilizes an appliance named for Dr. George B. Crozat of New Orleans, who developed it in the 1920s. Dr. Albert Wiebrecht of Milwaukee was the first to use the Crozat appliance for dental arch development to resolve the problem of crooked or malaligned teeth without removing any permanent teeth. Hence, the Wiebrecht-Crozat method of orthodontics.
What is the Different About Crozat Method of Orthodontics?
There are many differences. First of all, the appliance itself. Instead of being cemented to the teeth, it is removable for cleaning. And, because it fits behind the teeth, the basic Crozat appliance is not visible when in place. It works from the inside of the mouth. Near the end of treatment, wires that are visible may be added to the front of the mouth.
There are four basic methods to resolve crowding of teeth: extract teeth to create extra space; move the posterior teeth backwards in the dental arch, as with a headgear; move the front teeth forward; or widen the arches, which is what the Crozat does best at any age.
There are other ways to widen the dental arch, but the Crozat appliance is unique. Because it is made of precisely adapted wires that are soldered together, the Crozat is the most comfortable, removable appliance.