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Growth focused orthodontics

At Davis Dental In Jonesboro, Arkansas

While many are familiar with conventional orthodontic treatments such as metal braces and Invisalign, an alternative method often goes unnoticed. Through the use of growth-focused orthodontics, combined with orofacial myofunctional therapy, we can often halt orthodontic problems before they escalate to more complex issues.

Growth-focused orthodontics follows a phased approach, utilizing growth to address developmental occlusal problems. By treating children at earlier ages, we leverage their ongoing growth to correct issues. Patients at this age are generally more receptive to and compliant with treatment.

It’s important for parents and patients to understand that this orthodontic approach typically involves multiple treatment phases. The second phase commonly begins when all permanent teeth are in place. The phased approach allows for a shorter duration in the second phase, as major corrections are addressed during the interceptive orthodontics phase. Choose Davis Dental for comprehensive and proactive orthodontic solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Common Causes of Unfavorable Growth

Early Signs to Look for in your Child

Important Background Information

Growth and Development of the Facial Bones

In today’s era, it’s increasingly common for children to experience crowded teeth and improper jaw development. However, crowded teeth are not merely a random occurrence; they serve as both a symptom and a warning sign.

In a healthy growth and development process, the tongue resides in the roof of the mouth. The consistent, gentle pressure exerted by the tongue contributes to the expansion and advancement of the maxilla, or the upper arch. As the upper arch moves forward, the lower arch follows suit. This synchronized movement facilitates the desired favorable growth in all children. Another vital aspect of proper growth involves breathing through the nose with lips sealed at rest. The trifecta of tongue posture in the roof of the mouth, nasal breathing, and sealed lips at rest constitutes the foundation of a healthy oral rest posture. Without these elements, achieving proper growth becomes unlikely. While it’s never too late to initiate corrective measures for growth issues, starting at a younger age enhances the potential for favorable outcomes. Choose Davis Dental for expert guidance in correcting growth-related concerns.

Did you know?

The width and position of the upper jaw determines how far forward the lower jaw can go. At age 4, the facial skeleton has reached 60% of its adult size; by age 12, 90% of facial growth has occurred. There is no reason to wait until 90% of growth has occurred.

When teeth come in crooked, it is better to develop the jaws as young as possible — this will allow the space needed for permanent teeth.

Unfavorable Growth

Mouth Breathing, Tongue Position, And Improper Swallow

Mouth Breathing

The strongest driving force in our body is the imperative need to take our next breath. Our body is intricately designed for nasal breathing, which involves the nose filtering and humidifying air before it reaches our lungs.

However, mouth breathing constitutes an abnormal breathing pattern where the mouth consistently stays open, allowing air to pass directly to the lungs. This pattern is associated with changes in the muscular function of the tongue and face. Mouth breathing can lead to detrimental effects such as compromised growth patterns, increased susceptibility to illness requiring more doctor visits, TMJ problems, and, in severe cases, even conditions like sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Opt for Davis Dental for expert guidance on maintaining optimal breathing patterns and overall oral health.

The problem with mouth breathing even beyond these health concerns is that it is nearly impossible to have the tongue in the roof of the mouth while mouth breathing. This prevents the tongue from driving the growth of the face in the way it is designed to which then results in narrow upper arches.

Tongue Position

The correct resting position for the tongue is in the roof of the mouth. In this position, the tongue exerts pressure on the palate, shaping the upper dental arch and nasal cavity. When the tongue is not in the roof of the mouth, it tends to fall downward and backward into the airway. This restriction of airflow can result in various issues, particularly during sleep. Underlying causes for improper tongue position are often associated with tongue ties and low tongue tone. For expert guidance on addressing these concerns, trust Davis Dental for comprehensive care and solutions.

Tongue Ties

The tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth by a frenulum. When this frenulum attachment hinders the tongue from reaching the roof of the mouth, it is termed a tongue tie. Tongue ties are a common reason for unfavorable growth in children. When the tongue is tied and cannot effectively reach the roof of the mouth, other facial muscles pull the face inward and backward, leading to improper growth. Releasing tongue ties can be a straightforward solution to enable proper tongue function and facilitate the development of facial structures. For guidance on addressing tongue ties and promoting healthy growth, Davis Dental is your trusted partner.

Improper Swallow

Incorrect swallowing patterns can lead to tongue thrusting, speech difficulties, and muscular imbalances that exert enough pressure to shift teeth from their normal positions and alter facial structure. If you observe the lips pursing, the skin on the chin wrinkling up, and/or the head bobbing forward during swallowing, it indicates the presence of a tongue thrust. Addressing these issues is crucial for maintaining proper oral function and preventing undesirable changes in dental and facial structures. Trust Davis Dental for expert guidance and effective solutions to correct swallowing patterns.