Introduction to Airway Orthodontics

Introduction to Airway Orthodontics

If we asked you what the first thing that came to your mind was when we said the word “orthodontics”, the first thing that you thought of would likely be brackets and wires used to straighten crooked or out of place teeth, right?

These things do describe traditional orthodontics found in many practices in Frisco. The conventional approach to orthodontics is very much about fixing straight teeth, which is fine if a straight smile is the ultimate goal. But, at Millennium Smiles, our goal is not just a straight smile, it’s also a healthy one, too.

Traditional orthodontics often makes movements without regard to the mouth as a whole, which can leave you or your child with severe complications down the road. We understand that even the smallest movement could have a significant impact on the mouth, the bite, and the jaw.

But, what if we told you there was a whole other side of orthodontics that doesn’t just consider the position of your teeth to achieve a beautiful smile, but also considers your airway? And, doesn’t make a move without first thinking how it will affect every other facet of the mouth.

This side of orthodontics, known as airway orthodontics, goes beyond straightening smiles. It looks for answers to why the teeth are crooked – and treats underlying causes of crooked teeth and obstructions to the airway. You will find this side of orthodontics at Millennium Smiles in Frisco.

Airway obstruction is a dangerous health condition with serious consequences for the body and your overall health.

Some Signs of Obstructed Breathing Include:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Poor sleep or sleep apnea
  • ADHD and hyperactivity
  • Poor school or work performance
  • Mood swings or moodiness
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Chronic sinus infections and sinus congestion
  • Snoring
  • Jaw pain or dysfunction
  • High blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Weight gain

Benefits of Airway Orthodontics

Airway orthodontics can help you breathe better, but it can also mean other benefits, too, including:

  • Elimination of sleep apnea
  • Getting a good night’s sleep – no more CPAP machines!
  • Reduction or elimination of the need for braces later
  • Reduction or elimination of the need for jaw surgery later
  • Improved facial development/facial appearance
  • Improved overall health, reduced blood pressure, and lessened risk of developing cardiac conditions
  • Enhanced sports performance and recovery
  • Healthier teeth and gums

Learn more airway orthodontics and how it can help you by calling Millennium Smiles today at 972-987-4899