Have you been told that you need surgery to correct an open bite, an under bite, or an asymmetric bite? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are likely to be a great candidate for MEAW (Multiloop Edgewise Archwire) Non Surgical Orthodontic Treatment. This technique is also indicated for younger patients not old enough for jaw surgery who wish to correct their bite and restore normal growth pattern.

The MEAW (Multiloop Edgewise Archwire) technique was introduced over 40 years ago by Dr. Young H. Kim, an Orthodontic Professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kim came up with the technique of using a multi-loop wire to close open bites.

the MEAW technique example

At the same time, Dr. Sadao Sato, from the University of Kanagawa in Japan, was researching extensively regarding cranio-facial growth, physiology and anatomy of both human and animal bites (or occlusion), but did not yet find the right “tool” to move teeth in an efficient manner to achieve his ideals. It was right then when Professor Sato found out about Dr. Kim’s Multiloop Edgewise Archwire and incorporated it as a fundamental orthodontic tool. Professor Sato’s vision of orthodontics differs from many other traditional orthodontic technique such that it places special emphasis on masticatory (chewing) function, adaptation and compensation of craniofacial structures; hence the name of “Functional Orthodontics.”

The goal of “Functional Orthodontics” is to provide an ideal jaw function by correcting the etiology (diagnosis) of a bite problem rather than fixing the consequences of a misaligned bite. This philosophy utilizes braces, custom formed looped arch wires, and elastics to guide teeth into the correct position.

Dr. Engleman is an advocate for Professor Sato’s “Functional Orthodontics”. With Professor Sato as her mentor, Dr. Engleman’s unique treatment approach using Multiloop Edgewise Arch Wires gives her the ability to successfully treat many complex and dysfunctional cases without the need for jaw surgery. Dr. Engleman is one of the few orthodontists personally trained under Professor Sato in the United States and the only orthodontist in the state of Illinois.