Medically Necessary Early Orthodontics
Although orthodontic treatment plans will need to include collaboration with other healthcare professionals to be thorough, our doctors can play a crucial role in controlling the conditions that create malocclusion.
First, we must intercept the compensations that lead to poor facial growth and airway development:
- Mouth breathing
- Open or slack-mouthed posture
- Snoring or noisy sleep
- Night terrors
- Chronic nasal discharge/runny nose
- Chronic ear infections
- Dark circles or allergic “black eyes”
- Tossing, turning, thrashing and restless sleep
- Messy sheets and blankets
- Nail biting
- Crooked teeth
- Frequent earaches
- Falling asleep in school
- Awakening feeling unrefreshed
Secondly, have to undo the damage to the face caused by those chronic habits.
And lastly, we must make sure our patients have adopted the good habits and practices that will keep them healthy from then on.
Then and only then can we take our place, not just as mechanics of the mouth, but as physicians of the face. As part of an interdisciplinary team, we can change the outcomes of disordered breathing for children.
Kids should feel healthy, active and strong throughout their childhood lives and the rest of their adult lives.