Airway Orthodontics in Andover, MA
Andover Orthodontics provides airway orthodontic services in Andover, MA. Call 978-475-0450 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Orthodontics isn’t just about straightening teeth. With airway orthodontics, appearance and bite are corrected, but more importantly, breathing is improved.
We’re understanding more and more how the shape of the jaw and face can impact breathing. Research shows that a child’s facial and dental development can be influenced by using new treatments that work to discourage breathing through the mouth and encourage proper tongue position and closed lips.
Sleep disorders like snoring and sleep apnea, which impact millions of people in every age group, can also be caused by the shape and position of the teeth and jaw. We can correct these issues through early orthodontic treatment, which provides the best results and lifelong benefits for overall wellness. While starting treatment when the patient is young is best, even older teenagers and adults can benefit from airway orthodontics.
Airway orthodontics is also used to correct malocclusions that affect proper bite configuration and jaw formation. Often, these malocclusions occur as a result of thumb sucking, mouth breathing, poor tongue position, and other oral habits.
Frequently Asked Questions About Airway Orthodontics
Can orthodontics help sleep apnea?
Yes, orthodontics can help many cases of sleep apnea. When you come to our office for a consultation, we will evaluate if your sleep apnea is caused by your jaw shape or other orthodontic issues.
Do expanders help breathing?
Palate expanders are one of the most commonly used devices in early orthodontic treatment. They often help children breathe easier by widening the upper jaw, which improves the upper airway.
Can braces stop snoring?
Yes, braces and other orthodontic devices can stop patients from snoring by adjusting tooth and jaw alignment and improving airflow.
Is mouth breathing really that bad?
It’s not ideal. Children who breathe through their mouths are likelier to have crooked teeth, facial deformities, and even poor growth. In adults, mouth breathing causes chronic dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath and gum disease.
Can an overbite cause sleep apnea?
Yes, overbites are one of the orthodontic issues that can cause sleep apnea. With airway orthodontics, your overbite can be corrected to improve your appearance and allow you to breathe better at night.
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