Why Airway Focused Orthodontics?
Airway centered orthodontics is a philosophy which wins over everything else in contemporary orthodontics. The philosophy focuses on practice of clinical orthodontics aimed at achieving ideal jaw relationship, establish normal oral function and performance, optimal contact of teeth. The main aspect of function and performance is airway and breathing which is in fact, hierarchically the most important function for humans. Ideal health and facial development is dependent on correct tongue posture and nasal breathing. Therefore, contemporary protocols be it preventive, interceptive, or corrective orthodontics should always look at upper airway improvement in addition to improving smile and facial appearance. Orthodontic profession today, is crucial part of the multidisciplinary team in the management of upper airway sleep disorders, thus Airway Focused Orthodontics become a part of mainstream health profession.
OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY in Orthodontic Prevention & Interception.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is a preventive interceptive treatment modality that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, may be without the need for braces or extraction of teeth, unlocking natural craniofacial growth and development. Treatment is best applicable to children of age 3 to 15 or even beyond and involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.
What Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy does:
- Corrects poor oral habits
- Develops & aligns the jaws
- Straightens the teeth
- Optimises facial development
- Improves overall health
- Promotes healthy eating habits
How does it do this?
- Breathing through the nose
- Correcting tongue resting position
- Swallowing correctly
- Keeping the lips together
How it works?
Poor myofunctional habits (poor oral habits) are evident before all permanent teeth are present, which means treatment of the causes can begin much earlier than originally thought. This can be as early as three years of age.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy deals with the poor habits by teaching the children to breathe through the nose, rest the tongue correctly and swallow correctly enabling the jaws to develop to its full normal size. This results in creating sufficient space for the teeth and allowing the teeth to stay straight