As a holistic dentist, Dr. William B. Langston III understands how important the bite relationship is for overall oral function, health, and beauty. Using functional orthodontics in Sunnyvale, TX, we treat problems such as TMJ dysfunction by aligning the bite to alleviate issues caused by malocclusion (bad bite) at our Sunnyvale dental office near Dallas and Fort Worth.
Functional orthodontics focuses on the shape of the facial profile as well as straightening teeth during treatment. It can provide you with a more beautiful smile and pleasing facial shape, and this form of orthodontics can also be used to address TMJ dysfunction problems. Orthodontic appliances are used to reposition the jaws and encourage growth. Unlike traditional orthodontics, functional orthodontics will not use tooth extraction to address problems with an overcrowded smile. Instead, functional orthodontics guides teeth into the proper placement following the pattern that would've been achieved if they had developed correctly in the first place.
A retruded chin, or one that is positioned too far back, cannot be addressed with traditional orthodontics, but functional orthodontics can bring the lower jaw forward for a properly balanced bite and beautiful profile. It is through this repositioning that functional orthodontics can play a role in TMJ therapy.
Invisalign clear braces offer a more cosmetic solution for crooked smiles, and it is also a great example of holistic dentistry; 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 a patient can undergo treatment without having a noticeable appliance in their 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 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!