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Airway OrthodonticsChester, VA

Airway Orthodontics does more than straighten teeth. Airway Orthodontics (Dental-Facial Orthopedics) not only straightens the person's teeth, but also improves the facial profile by repositioning the upper and lower jaw. This supports a healthy TMJ and airway. Most 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 airway orthodontics in Chester, VA, you may be able to enjoy, not just straighter teeth and a healthier smile, but also relief from headaches, improved breathing and an improved facial shape. Available for both children and adults, airway orthodontics concentrates on correcting the under-developed upper or lower jaw and bringing the bite back into a natural, comfortable alignment.

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Benefits of Airway Orthodontics

  • Realigns the bite by addressing the foundation
  • Reduces the use of tooth extraction to accommodate misalignment
  • Straightens crooked teeth
  • Improves the appearance of teeth
  • Prevents further damage to oral health
  • Can prevent orthodontic relapse later in life

A growing mountain of scientific evidence says that there are no genes for crooked teeth. Our bodies are reacting to stressors caused by our modern diets, our lifestyles, and from our "industrial" environment. These adaptive responses have a genetic component to them, which is why families still share similar appearances.

Crooked teeth and misaligned jaws are signs of significant issues that our brain and bodies are attempting to cope with.

If we evaluate and address the negative changes in the way our faces (and ourselves as a whole) are developing, we can restore balance and eliminate deficiencies in the way our faces grow, the way our airways develop, and also allow teeth to align in the most ideal manner.

Signs of Dysfunctional Jaw Growth & Development

  • Mouth Breathing
  • Chapped Lips, Lip Licking, Nail Biting
  • Open Mouth Posture
  • Swollen gums
  • Visible Gums Above the Upper Front Teeth When Fully Smiling
  • Crowded, Crooked Teeth
  • Asymmetric, unbalanced facial growth patterns
    • Long Faces and Recessive Chins
    • Underbites with Small Upper Jaws and Prominent Chins
  • Dark Circles and/or Bags Under the Eyes
  • Behavioral Challenges, ADHD-type Behavior, Executive Function Concerns
  • School Performance Getting Worse
  • Noisy Eating and Drooling
  • Foggy Thinking, Poor Memory
  • Feeding Issues, Breastfeeding Difficulties
  • Speech Issues
  • Teeth That Don’t Touch the Opposing Teeth When Biting
  • Lack of Spaces Between Baby Teeth or Crowding of New Teeth
  • Frequent Stuffy Noses, Colds, Allergies or Asthma
  • Swollen Tonsils and Adenoids
  • Ear Infections/Eustachian Tube Reflux
  • Affected Hearing or Ringing in the Ears
  • Tongue Tie and/or Lip Tie
  • Tongue Thrusting
  • Scalloped Pattern Visible on the Sides of the Tongue
  • Facial Muscles Moving on Swallowing
  • Pacifiers, Sippy Cups, Thumb/Finger Sucking
  • Snoring or Loud Breathing During Sleep
  • Forward head posture and Poor General Posture
  • Headaches, Pain in the Jaws or Neck
  • Restless/Poor Sleep, Nightmares, Bedwetting

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Chester Dental Care - Shwetha Rodrigues DDS is located at 12517 Jefferson Davis Hwy Chester, VA 23831.

(804) 412-0875