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Correcting Mouth Breathing Can Help Children Avoid Braces

Is there evidence your child is not breathing correctly? This can start as early as 4 to 6 years old. Is your child not sleeping well, or is he snoring? This is a sign there is a problem with the airway, which means there will be a change or problem with the growth and development of the face.

Children who undergo growth treatment with Dr. Buck around age 6 often don't even end up needing orthodontic treatment because the development and growth of the jaw continues as nature intended. For children or adolescents who do end up needing braces or orthodontic treatment after growth therapy, treatment is often short, and problems with the bite or teeth are corrected quickly. That's why it's so important to have your child evaluated as early as possible in their development, when it's easier to help the body make changes.

What Is Growth Guidance?

During childhood development, most notably between the ages of 4 and 8, Dr. Buck can identify issues with the growth and development of the jaw and take steps to help correct these problems while growth is still occurring. This is the optimal time as the mouth is actively developing and is more open to changes in that development. Once the adult teeth come in around age 12, this becomes much harder, but not impossible, to achieve.

When the jaw is not developing correctly, it can create problems with the airway and the child's bite, eventually affecting tooth and jaw health, as well. Using a simple oral appliance that is very similar to a retainer, Dr. Buck helps stimulate growth of the lower jaw to reach its true potential. Instead of growing down and back, a common problem in childhood jaw development, the oral appliance helps stimulate the jaw to grow forward and up, which in turn helps open the airway, correcting problems like mouth breathing and snoring.

Dr. Buck's epigenetic orthodontic therapy and growth guidance treatment helps open up and protect the airway to help eliminate problems during sleep and during the development of the jaw and facial structure. For more information on how this works or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 206-316-8286.

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