In general, the major causes of orthodontic problems are incorrect postural and functional habits that affect the normal dental and facial development. These dysfunctional habits, known as Soft Tissue Dysfunction, include open mouth posture (mouth breathing), incorrect tongue resting position, dysfunctional chewing and swallowing, among many others. The presence of soft tissue pulling such as short labial or lingual frenulums, as well as the presence of airway inflammation or other structural variations in the airway, should be considered as contrubutory factors to the prevalence of some of these habits. The earlier we recognize and correct these habits and their contributory factors, the better the facial development occurs and the need for braces or more invasive orthodontic procedures is reduced.
Our Myofunctional Orthodontics program includes the use of removable myofunctional oral appliances, breathing techniques, oral-facial muscular exercises (orofacial myology therapy), and other educational activities to assist the patient in the correction of the habits that affect the oral-facial development. We use light force orthopedic appliances that do not interfere with the correct position of the tongue, when additional dental arch development is needed.
Our goal is to promote normal muscle function, better oral-facial development and a functional airway that result in straighter teeth and improved overall health!
At Life Dentistry we focus on prevention and total wellness!
Good nutrition through a healthy diet is another fundamental factor for oral health and total wellness. And not just the nutrient dense quality of the food is important, but also the textures that promote chewing, because functional chewing is essential for the continued development of the jaws.