As a holistic dentist, Dr. William B. Langston III understands how important bite alignment is for overall wellness. While traditional orthodontics can do much to correct malocclusion (a bad bite), too many dental offices overlook a more holistic solution: functional orthodontics. This approach to correcting the alignment of the oral structures provides numerous benefits and is as conservative as possible. Continue reading below to learn more about how this special treatment can help your jaws, teeth, and body to thrive.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of functional orthodontics include:
Functional orthodontics involves the use of special appliances to do more than just straighten the teeth. Rather, the appliances aim to retrain the jaw to rest in the proper position, and in many cases, also encourage jaw growth and bone remodeling. For example, it can help to correct a retruded chin or expand a narrow palate.
Traditional orthodontics is primarily about straightening the teeth. Functional orthodontics is an approach that focuses more on the medical aspects of jaw and bite alignment.
There are some key differences between the two types of treatment. For example, they may use different types of appliances to achieve their goals. And unlike traditional orthodontics, functional orthodontics does not typically use tooth extraction to address problems with an overcrowded smile. Instead, it can expand the jaw and make room for all the teeth. Ultimately, it may be able to guide teeth into their proper places following the pattern that would have been achieved if the oral structures had developed correctly in the first place.
Functional orthodontics from a holistic dentist might be right for you if:
Functional orthodontics can help people of almost all ages. Although it may be faster in younger patients, it can help mature adults as well.
Invisalign clear braces are a more traditional form of orthodontics. If your jaw positioning and size are already in good shape, but your teeth aren’t well-aligned, it could be the perfect holistic solution for you. Not only does Invisalign help your smile look better, but this dental treatment helps it function better as well. It uses transparent aligner trays to shift the teeth so you can undergo treatment without having a noticeable appliance in your mouth.
Contact the dental office of William B. Langston III, D.D.S. for complete holistic dental care in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area. If you're experiencing TMJ pain or other problems with your bite, we can provide modern functional or traditional orthodontic care and so much more, supporting optimal health and function with a different kind of dentistry. Visit our Sunnyvale dental office to learn more!
Dr. Langston often uses an Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) appliance as part of functional orthodontics treatment. An ALF appliance is a custom-made wire framework that is placed around the teeth. It uses the principles of cranial osteopathy to gently reshape both the mandible and maxilla. This can promote proper dental alignment and jaw formation. It can even be used in conjunction with myofunctional therapy to promote healthy breathing, swallowing, and chewing patterns.