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How is Functional Orthopedic Orthodontics Different?

Deciding to undergo a treatment plan to straighten teeth, whether for cosmetic reasons or for functionality, can be daunting. There are many niches within the field of orthodontics, and it can be a challenge to evaluate them all before making a decision.

The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics reports that orthodontics has been around for more than 2,000 years. In fact, archaeologists have discovered the remains of ancient people with bands wrapped around teeth in what they believe was some of the earliest examples of orthodontic treatment.

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Are Braces to Blame for TMJ Disorders?

You may have considered braces or other orthodontic therapy for yourself or for your kids, but have you ever thought about how orthodontics may be related to jaw problems such as TMJ? Dr. Buck firmly believes that traditional orthodontic treatments can cause or worsen TMJ problems. That’s not to say in every single case this occurs, but it’s something to take seriously when considering braces and other orthodontic therapy.

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Get the Picture? Selfies and Orthodontics

 The age of the "selfie" has led many people to fix their smiles in hopes of presenting a picture-perfect image to share with the social media world. Dr. Buck sees many patients who are unhappy with the state of their smile and are looking to make a change. But what many patients aren’t aware of is that improving your smile isn’t just aesthetically beneficial, but it also provides several health benefits.

Social media has revolutionized the way we do many things, like shopping and staying connected with friends and family, but it’s also changed how critical we are of ourselves. Gone are the days of tearing up an unflattering picture, and what remains is an ever-present snapshot that lives on across social media platforms. With our social media accounts being so heavily scrutinized by prospective partners and employers, the pressure is on to put our best face forward.

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Need Braces? Don't Do-It-Yourself


The trend of do-it-yourself braces is sweeping the country, but many dentists and orthodontists warn patients that taking matters into their own hands could be dangerous and cause long-term damage. A quick Google search unlocks a plethora of DIY tutorials and videos ranging from how to grow your own windowsill herb garden to how to turn your bike into a Pokémon Go machine to how to make your own braces. While people may feel DIY braces are a cheaper alternative to going to the orthodontist to be fitted for braces, it may end of costing more in the long run.

According to a recent survey from the American Association of Orthodontists, 13 percent of orthodontists see patients who have attempted DIY teeth straightening.2 While the process of DIY braces may sound easy and quick, they can ultimately do more harm than good.[1] Reports indicate people are using rubber bands around two front teeth to draw the teeth together, closing the gap. Medical professionals say this may sound simple enough, but because the rubber band could imbed itself into the gum leading to an infection, it’s much more dangerous than people think. Additionally, the rubber band can travel to the root of the tooth causing the tooth to fall out.

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Brace Yourself: How Traditional Orthodontics Can Lead to TMJ and Jaw Pain

If you’re one of the roughly 10 million Americans that suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder and you’ve had braces, your jaw pain could be a result of your past orthodontic treatment. Temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, causes chronic pain and dysfunction in the jaw joints and muscles that control jaw movement. The condition can be caused by a number of things including facial trauma, stress or teeth grinding. However, few people think to make the connection between TMJ pain and braces. As a neuromuscular dentist who specializes in treating TMJ, Dr. Buck routinely sees patients whose TMJ pain is a direct result of wearing braces.

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Pediatric Tooth Extractions: Are They Really Necessary?

In January, a Baltimore, Maryland school dental program made headlines after allegedly extracting a nine-year-old student’s teeth without parental consent, thrusting the topic of tooth extraction into the spotlight. School dental programs have become increasingly more popular in Baltimore schools following the 2007 death of a 12-year-old student from an infected tooth as districts attempt to highlight the importance of oral health. Yet this latest story has many parents worried and questioning the necessity of extractions. A tooth extraction procedure, if necessary, should be done in a dentist’s office, in a sterile environment, utilizing appropriate pain medication. Unfortunately, none of these steps were followed for this young patient. Tooth extractions are serious business and come with a range of risks. It’s not a procedure that should be taken lightly. In fact, Dr. Buck is in stark opposition to the procedure all together and with good reason.

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Chronic Pain Bites the Dust: Correcting the Bite with Orthotic Therapy

For people who suffer from chronic pain and headaches that are symptomatic of TMJ, realigning and correcting the bite can make all the difference. TMJ patients generally suffer from a range of symptoms including chronic headaches or migraines, jaw pain, and tenderness, difficulty chewing, facial pain and locking of the temporomandibular joints. Yet, what many people don’t realize about the disorder is that a misaligned bite is almost always the root cause. With over 15 years of experience in treating TMJ patients, Dr. Buck’s unique treatment focuses on realigning the bite to relieve TMJ-related pain and symptoms.

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Armed to the Teeth: What You Need to Know About Having Your Child’s Teeth Extracted

As parents, you entrust your child’s health to a small number of carefully vetted doctors. After all, you’ve done the research, read the reviews and heard dozens of glowing recommendations from friends and family which have all led you to select a particular doctor. For the most part, you trust that the information and diagnoses that your child’s doctors are relaying to you are in your child’s best interest. But as parents, it’s important to remember it’s absolutely within your right to question your child’s medical providers and even get a second opinion. In fact, many of Dr. Buck’s patients are seeing him specifically for a second opinion, especially for a second consult on orthodontic treatment. He sees a growing number of pediatric patients whose orthodontists are recommending a course of treatment he just doesn’t support: tooth extraction to accommodate orthodontics.It’s very common practice for orthodontists to recommend tooth extraction to make room for orthodontics, like braces. In fact, many orthodontists believe this is a valid approach because 50 years ago, they were taught that after puberty, the jaws couldn't develop or grow. But current research shows that yes, the jaws can grow after puberty. When recommending tooth extraction, what’s often overlooked are the long-term implications. In Dr. Buck’s practice, this isn’t something you’ll encounter because in his opinion, going this route can be severely determinantal for your child and can lead to a range of serious health issues later in life, like sleep apnea."I’ve very passionate about [avoiding] what I call ‘amputative orthodontics,’ i.e. teeth taken out," Dr. Buck said. "There’s almost never an indication to take out teeth for orthodontics. It doesn’t work well. It damages the face and the physiology. It’s a form of care that should be eliminated, and yet it’s still prevalent."Contrary to mainstream orthodontics, it IS possible to avoid tooth extraction while realigning your child’s teeth for a more attractive smile and healthy and functional bite. For many of his patients, Dr. Buck utilizes a growth development course of therapy to provide room for orthodontics, negating the need for tooth extraction.Asking your child’s orthodontist a few pointed questions can give you a better idea of what kind of treatment or procedures they may recommend for your child. Here are a few questions to ask:

• Can we develop the face to be more attractive, and how do we do that? And in my child’s case should that be done. • Can you tell me what is going on with regard to the oral posture? • Is my child breathing well? • Is the tongue in the correct position? • Are you concerned with the development of the airway? • Is it possible if we do this right, my child won’t have sleep apnea later in life?

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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