Dr. Mark Steinmetz
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The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.
Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge - a much better chance for natural and normal development. By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Studies have shown that people who have straight teeth are more likely to smile more. This leads to a greater self esteem which may lead to a more fulfilling life.
Myofunctional Orthodontic Treatment
The principles behind soft tissue dysfunction are quite basic. If the tongue is resting naturally on the roof of the mouth and the patient breathes through their nose, good arch-form normally follows. If the tongue is not resting in the correct spot and the patient breathes through their mouth, then the arch is more likely to be narrow, and dental crowding is likely to occur. Other consequences of mouth breathing are snoring, sleep apnea, increased overbite, and reverse swallow to name a few.
Properly identifying soft tissue dysfunction and correctly treating these problems with myofunctional orthodontic treatment results in more stable long term treatment outcomes.
The primary goal of myofunctional orthodontics is that patients should be breathing through their nose day and night, particularly at nighttime. When they’re breathing through their nose the tongue is on the roof of the mouth leads to correction of occlusion (bite).
Correcting malocclusion using myofunctional orthodontic techniques calls for a new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction. Soft tissue dysfunction is the driving force behind malocclusion.