Our treatment can be explained in three stages, early intervention, 1st stage Orthotropics/Orthopaedics (muscle function and habit with consideration of their role in bone development.) 2nd Stage Myobrace/Bent wire system, (bone growth and development and how bones interrelate) 3rd stage Fixed orthodontics (controlled, gentle and persistent pressure to facilitate tooth movement.)
Retention – Technically, if all disruptive habits are dissipated then retention isn’t necessary. However, treatment times are extensive and cost of the investment warrant an insurance against relapse.
By seeing children at a young age starting at 2 years, we can monitor their teeth and jaw development and treat incorrect muscle function of the tongue and face. When we treat people with myofunctional and orthodontic therapy at our practice we treat the cause. Primary causes of crooked teeth are mouth breathing, incorrect tongue position, incorrect swallowing patterns and overactive lips. These problems can be identified by examining each patients profile, teeth and jaws.
Signs of mouth breathing include crooked teeth, improper bite and a high palate. Treatment for both children and adults at our practice may involve mouth appliances, orthodontic appliances, fixed orthodontics, retraining of breathing patterns, postural correction and muscle facial exercises. Dental appointments you will need to make for orthodontic/orthopaedic treatments:
1st Appointment – Dental examination
2nd Appointment – Orthodontic assessment
3rd Consultation to discuss treatment options.
4th Appointment – Start treatment
We encourage children to feel comfortable and at ease when visiting us.
Early intervention dentistry is non invasive and oral health is important for a child’s growth, development, general health and self esteem.
We recommend that children should start visiting the dentist as soon as possible as it is important that we detect any problems in growth or development early. Regular visits will also help your child to get used to having their teeth checked therefore relieving any problems and anxieties, as they get older.
Orofacial Myology is the science and clinical knowledge of restoring normal and mutual interaction of the orofacial muscle groups (muscles of face and mouth).
Orofacial Myology treatment can assist in correcting poor muscle function and tone.
People who suffer headaches, snore, clench and grind their teeth may benefit from myofunctional therapy.
Holistic medicine/dentistry is characterised by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole hence when treating a patient, we don’t just treat symptoms but the cause(s) and how it (they) interconnect.
E.g we cannot expect correct tongue position if the individual cannot breathe continually and effectively through the nose.
Sleep therapy involves diagnostics to enable us to establish why your airway is being compromised.
It may incorporate ENT specialists, immunologists, paediatricians, oral surgeons, sleep physicians and, of course, us.
Our philosophy maintains that your good health is paramount and if we need assistance from other professionals then that is what is advocated.
The aim is to establish a patent airway so effective breathing during sleep can be achieved thus enabling a closer proximity to wellness.