“Crooked teeth are NOT the problem, they are a symptom … of other issues.”
“The cause of malocclusion, or bad bite – in most cases we find that malocclusion, crooked teeth, crooked jaws, profiles that are either too far forward in the jaw, or too far back, are really the result of poor muscle function. We call that Myofunctional Dysfunction, because the muscles are not in balance, and the biggest muscle we find in dysfunction, is the tongue. The tongue can exert over 500g of force and in reality all you need to move a tooth is 1.7g. So you can see that the tongue is the ‘gorilla in the room’ when it comes to Myofunctional Treatment.
If the tongue is not allowed, because of mouth breathing and other habits, to be in the roof of the mouth, then you are not going to get the natural expansion that you need, or to keep the expansion that you have, in the upper arch and you are going to have a tongue that therefore is too low in the mouth. Where you have that it leaves the lips and cheeks to gently press in (100 – 300g) and you get crossbites and crowding of the teeth.”
“There is a growing trend in America today towards healthy living and away from just treating symptoms. We’re learning to integrate habits and practices into our lives to keep us healthy and avoid having to treat diseases and of course the more diseases you prevent the less disease you have to treat.
The same thing is true in orthodontics. Prevention means helping a child’s teeth, face and jaws to grow as beautifully and fully as possible and then rely on correction when you must. Most people think crooked teeth are inherited from our parents and of course our children do look like us but, there is growing evidence that there are no genes for crooked teeth. In fact before the modern era, when we grew up in a different environment, crooked teeth were very rare. Today they are common and getting more common with each generation.”
“Craniofacial growth and development are the result of complex interactions between genetics and environmental influences.”
Oral Dysfunction (present at an early age) is one of the factors associated with malocclusion (crooked teeth). Therefore, correcting as early as possible, bad habits such as mouth breathing, digit (finger or thumb) sucking, use of dummy, incorrect swallow and/or hyperactivity of the facial muscles – can correct deviations of the growth and development in the jaws.
“Treatment for the primary dentition must be designed especially, as techniques designed for permanent teeth are not appropriate.”