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March 27, 2018

Functional Orthodontics Does More than Straighten Your Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized — wlangston @ 5:08 pm

pointing at straight teethMost people think of orthodontics solely as a way to straighten teeth. They may even see braces as a purely cosmetic treatment and not give much thought to the oral health dangers that are associated with a misaligned bite. Well, it’s time to revise the way you think about this aspect of dentistry. Thanks to functional orthodontics in Sunnyvale, you may be able to enjoy, not just straighter teeth and a healthier smile, but also relief from headaches and an improved facial shape. Let’s take a closer look at this treatment and how it may benefit you.

Functional Vs. Traditional Orthodontics

There is no doubt that traditional orthodontics are effective at straightening teeth. It can also solve some bite problems, such as overbites and underbites. However, old school braces have been around for many years, and they haven’t really evolved much since their inception.

Today, a better method is available. Functional orthodontics can also straighten your teeth and correct bite problems, but it does even more. It has a whole-body, holistic approach to correcting the poor positioning of your teeth and jaws. Some advantages that functional orthodontics have over its traditional counterpart include:

  • It seeks to eliminate the need for extractions. With traditional braces, your dentist may first have to remove a tooth or two to relieve overcrowding. Functional orthodontics may allow you to keep all of your pearly whites by making more room in your mouth.
  • It can reposition your jaw, thus serving to eliminate TMJ dysfunction, relieve the headaches that are associated with jaw problems, and even change the way your face looks (for the better, of course. If your jaw is placed too far back, functional orthodontics can move it forward, thereby giving your chin a more natural appearance).

How to Benefit from Functional Orthodontics

To reap the benefits of functional orthodontics, you should start by scheduling a consultation with a holistic dentist serving the Dallas area. Holistic dentists focus on how your oral health relates to your overall health, and they’ve dedicated a lot of time to learning how your teeth, gums, and jaw can affect your wellness from head to toe.

Your dentist will examine your teeth and jaw, ask you some questions about any problems you may have that relate to your malocclusion (bad bite), and take some X-rays to gain a deeper understanding of the issue at hand. Then, they can design a treatment plan for you.

Your dentist may have to expand the arches in your mouth so that all of your teeth will fit once they get moved into their proper positions. This is usually done via removable appliances that very slowly reshape the bone. You may also need Invisalign or braces to move your teeth.

Functional orthodontics in Sunnyvale is a modern approach to reshaping a patient’s mouth and moving the jaw in order to achieve optimal oral health. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment, your holistic dentist would be happy to talk to you.

About the Dentist

Dr. William B. Langston first took an interest in functional orthodontics decades ago, when he became frustrated with the extractions and headgear that often accompany regular braces. He studied a better method and has been pleased to offer it to his patients ever since. If you have questions about functional orthodontics, please contact our office at 972-270-6533.

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