AIRWAY FOCUSED ORTHODONTICS
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In dentistry and orthodontics, there is a movement towards focusing on early, preventive treatment. By developing the jaw structure at an early age, using a child’s natural growth to our advantage, we can address these concerns and provide our children with a healthier future.
What is Airway Focused?
For many years, dentistry – including orthodontics, has focused on dental health, the care and repair of teeth and supporting structures. Due to the rapid growth in sleep and dental sleep medicine, maintaining the airway’s physiological function has shifted into high priority. This allows patients to be treated for airway problems that may be missed or may only be able to receive temporary relief if ignored.
What does Airway Focused change?
More than 50% of patients have an airway issue. This change in focus allows us to look beyond teeth to the nose, throat, muscles of the tongue, face, neck – and – beyond to the rest of the body. Suddenly all the dots are connected and we are fixing more than the teeth. We are helping to restore optimal health and oral function to each patient.