Orthodontics is About More Than Straight Teeth
A different approach to orthodontics.
The focus of almost all orthodontic practitioners today is crooked teeth, the straightening of which are the bread and butter of the orthodontic trade. But, crooked teeth, besides their impact on appearance, are virtually harmless.
However, they are a signal of a more fundamental problem – poor development of the jaws and facial structures, which influence much more vital functions.
At Sacramento Wellness Orthodontics, our approach is functional orthodontics treatment, which provides more significant long-term success as a substantial alternative to traditional orthodontics.
Functional orthodontics includes all treatments that focus on the alignment of teeth and jaws in children and adults and focuses on the facial structures and the causes of malocclusion (bad bite).
We offer a full range of orthodontic solutions for children, teens, and adults.
Modern industrial societies are plagued by small jaws and crowded, ill-aligned teeth, a condition that the dental profession refers to as “malocclusion” (literally “bad bite”). Malocclusion is often accompanied by mouth breathing. Together, the two are not only the enemy of beauty, but they tend to reduce our quality of life and make us more susceptible to disease.
Traditional orthodontics has persuaded us that braces can correct these problems. While teeth can certainly be straightened, what about the underlying causes of this rapid shift in oral evolution and the health risks posed by obstructed airways?
Functional orthodontics is concerned with how the teeth are arranged, but it works to correct problems with the teeth in conjunction with those of jaw size and facial structures.
Helping the jaws grow to their full genetic potential helps arrange the teeth far more efficiently, especially since much of the eruption can happen naturally.
Therefore, we divide our treatment into two distinct phases:
Just as in building a house, laying a foundation is necessary before doing the interior decorating.
When a house is well designed with proper room sizes and layout, placing the decor is simpler and the room spaces function well. If the house is built with odd-shaped rooms and narrow hallways, getting the furniture in place within the rooms becomes a problem. Helping the jaws to grow to their full genetic potential makes the arrangement of the teeth far easier, especially since much of the eruption can happen naturally.
The goal of the new orthodontic treatment model has little to do with the teeth. It has everything to do with helping the jaws grow fully and allowing airway spaces open up to full size. The outcomes of early treatment are lessening the need for compensations and to see that the healthy habits needed for proper growth are established.
There are at least three goals we work to achieve:
There are different approaches to the same problem. It is up to the parent or adult patient to choose. But there is something to keep in mind when deciding. While traditional orthodontics gives you straight teeth, functional orthodontics provides a beautiful face and straight teeth. The choice is yours!
The dentists and staff at our office fully believe in the value and improvement in health that can be achieved through functional orthodontics. We are continually learning and evolving to make the treatments more predictable and beneficial for patients.
Orthodontics is a big decision, and we believe in a thorough evaluation of each individual to provide personalized treatment recommendations. We are very grateful to be part of this journey to wellness for you and/or your child.