Orthodontics treats often complex facial conditions, based solely on the psoition of your teeth. This narrow focus ignores crucial elements such as your facial profile and airway.
Braces are widely accepted as the way the correct misaligned teeth. But trying to fix structural issues of the face with simple ortdontics, can have permanently harmful effects on breathing and facial development.
It is still common orthodontic practice to treat dental crowding by taking out healthy teeth. Teeth are generally the same size, so if your teeth are not straight, it is likley your jaws haven´t reached their ideal size. Enjoy the next video: https://vimeo.com/193213809
A big overbite is the product of a small lower jaw. Yet most orthodontic treatment of an overbite, involves making your upper jaw smaller by removing teeth, or training you to posture your lower jaw forward.
Current surgical techniques to advance your lower jaw have benefits. IMDO™ corrects an overbite while the face is growing, without removing teeth, or spending lengthy time in braces. IMDO™ opens your airway to normalise your breathing, and balances the proportions of your face.
Restricting jaw growth has permanent impacts on breathing, increases sleep apnea risk, and has detrimental effects on facial appearance.
Jaw Splints / “Twin Block” are often used alongside orthodontic extractions when attempting to correct an overbite. The devices are designed to increase growth of the lower jaw, by pushing and holding the lower jaw forwards.
Pushing the jaw joints forward and out of their sockets, is intended to increase their growth during development. This supposedly lengthens the lower jaw so that it is correctly proportioned with the upper jaw.
Another view, is the jaw joint finds a new functional position in the more forward position. Despite numerous studies to measure the success of Jaw Splints, all research to date has proven them ineffective.
There is the additional concern that the continued use of Jaw Splints during orthodontic treatment, can result in long-term jaw joint damage and chronic pain.
Best case scenario, treatment with Jaw Splints merely fails to correct a small lower jaw. At worst, it can lead to permanent injury to the jaw joints and debilitating pain conditions.
TRADITIONAL JAW SURGERY
Jaw surgery corrects a small lower jaw by advancing it to match the upper jaw.
The procedure is reserved for patients with complete facial growth. At least one year ot Ortho treatment is required before surgery, to move teeth into a position that enables predictable alignment of the jaws.
Small titanium plates and screws hold the lower jaw stable while it heals, and require removal in a second procedure..
Jaw surgery has limits to the amount of stable movement each procedure can achieve.