As more and more research studies are performed, evidence is building that crooked teeth and the need for braces may not come from genes. Instead, it is our body’s response to things like diet, environment, and lifestyle. Tying together whole-body health with oral health is the goal of integrative orthodontics.
As a subfield, airway orthodontics is an approach to treatment that looks at various causes of airway obstruction and works to treat the body as a whole. And, in turn, allows the face, jaw, and teeth to positively align, too.
Airway Orthodontics Gets to the Root Cause
One way to fix crooked teeth is to solely give a child braces and watch the teeth transform. Another way is to get to the root cause of those crooked teeth. Are they just crooked — or is there something else contributing to it?
Treating your child’s oral health means taking into consideration his or her overall health. Breathing and oral habits play a big role in optimizing oxygen flow to the brain. When something is getting in the way of healthy airflow it can lead to a lifetime of health issues. Not to mention developmental problems, behavioral problems, and impaired growth.
Airway orthodontics takes a deep dive into your child’s health and creates a plan that will address breathing obstructions and increase oral health. After all, healthy airflow is crucial for healthy living.
Signs of Obstructed Breathing
There are many signs of obstructed breathing that your child may be exhibiting, but it is not easy to make the connection – especially since many of the breathing concerns happen during the night.
A few things you may want to look for are:
- Mouth breathing
- Poor sleep or sleep apnea
- Waking up tired
- Poor school performance
- ADHD diagnosis or inability to focus or concentrate
- Chronic ear infections and/or sinus infections
- Rapid or shallow breathing
- Frequent choking or gagging
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Bite misalignment
If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, speak to your orthodontist about potential airflow disorders.
Benefits of Airway Orthodontics
Treating your child’s oral health with an airway orthodontics approach means benefits for the whole body. You will find that your child will begin to:
- Get quality sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
- Show increased ability to pay attention in school and follow through with tasks.
- Develop healthy facial growth and structure
Most of all, your child will feel good inside and out.
Airway Disorder Treatment
Seeking airway disorder treatment for your child at an early age allows issues to be corrected before the facial structure is fully developed. In fact, it may even reduce the need for braces later.
Using a CBCT digital scanning device, a 3D image will be developed that will clearly show your child’s nose, mouth, and throat tissues. This will help your orthodontist to determine any underlying airway concerns. From there, a personalized treatment plan will be developed to achieve the most significant improvements – in breathing and straightening teeth.
Airway Disorders at Berkshire Integrative Orthodontics
Cutting-edge orthodontics means treating airway disorders in addition to just straightening teeth. We want your child to have a smile to show the world, but have a good sense of overall health, too. And at Berkshire Integrative Orthodontics, we have state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated team to see this through.