Physiological orthodontics delves into the ideal functions of the mouth and jaw, seeking to identify and correct the underlying causes of malocclusion — a term for misaligned teeth. This approach not only aims to fix the structure of the teeth and jaw but also to restore their proper function, bringing them as close to ideal as possible. Early intervention in orthodontics plays a critical role in enhancing life quality and may help avert neurobehavioral and learning disorders that can arise from untreated malocclusions.

Early vs. Traditional Orthodontics: A Comparative Overview

Traditional orthodontic practices often focus primarily on improving the aesthetic aspects of the smile and may defer treatment until after most facial growth has occurred. In contrast, early orthodontics capitalizes on a child’s growth phases to facilitate more effective treatments. By the age of four, a child’s facial structure is already 60% developed, reaching 80% by age six and 90% upon the eruption of the second molars around age 11. Initiating orthodontic treatment between the ages of 6 and 11 can significantly enhance growth normalization by age 12. Treatments initiated after this critical growth period are more likely to experience a relapse.

The Approach to Physiological Orthodontic Treatment

Treatment for children with airway issues is tailored to their age and specific diagnosis, which can range from enlarged tonsils and adenoids to poor tongue posture. An unobstructed airway is essential for healthy growth, facial development and the prevention of sleep-disordered breathing. Strategies vary; for children under 6 years old, focusing on proper tongue posture and nasal breathing is key, whereas children who are older may benefit from growth guidance appliances and protraction orthodontics to correct facial and jaw development issues stemming from a compromised airway.

The Benefits of Advanced Orthodontic Appliances

Our advanced orthodontic appliances offer a myriad of dentofacial orthopedic benefits that are pivotal in the development of the Naso-Maxillary Complex, leveraging the natural remodeling processes of the facial region to optimize growth. These appliances are designed to three-dimensionally develop the maxillary region through precise remodeling efforts. In addition, they work in harmony with the “BIG 3” to correct dental imbalances such as cants and excessive gingival show, while also enhancing the functional configuration of the Naso-Maxillary Complex. A significant advantage includes a positive impact on the nasopharyngeal airway, facilitating better breathing pathways. The materials used in the construction of these appliances are not only heavy-duty, ensuring durability, but also comfortable for the patient to wear and visually assessable for the parent.

Many orthodontists find the activation process of the appliance straightforward, allowing for quick and efficient treatment adjustments. The construction and maintenance of these appliances are designed to be uncomplicated, requiring minimal chairside adjustments and saving valuable time for dental professionals. Importantly, both patient and parent acceptance rates are exceptionally high, attributed to the comfort, effectiveness and visible improvements these appliances provide.

In physiological orthodontics, the focus extends beyond mere cosmetic corrections, aiming for comprehensive improvements in oral health and functionality. By adopting an early and holistic approach to treatment, we can significantly enhance a child’s development, well-being and future quality of life. Call us at 775-826-1838 today to schedule your consultation with our dentist, Dr. Tomas de Bruin, to discuss your child’s options for physiological orthodontics in Reno, Nevada.