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This is an actual patient of Dr. Buck. The left side xray is before treatment. The right xray shows the effect on the cervical spine within a few month of active treatment with a neuromuscular orthosis which aligns the lower jaw to a more physiologic posture. The improved lordotic curvature on the right is in response to the orthotic therapy. Many TMJ patients report neck pain and symptoms which often resolve due to the positive impact on the cervical spine from orthotic treatments.

Your happiest smile includes a healthy bite position that corrects and supports the total  posture of the body.


A perfect posture makes the human body super-efficient, capable of undertaking any type of activity with little expenditure of energy. A perfect posture noticeably reduces the possibility that this bio-machine (the human body) might break down in some way (for example, through sports injuries, ailments, lack of concentration, development of chronic illnesses, etc.).

The position and way the teeth fit together affects the top of the cervical spine, where C-1 and C-2 are located. C-1 and C-2 are the only 2 spinal segments that have only 2 points of contact with each other and the rest of the system. All other vertebral segments have 3 points of contact. As it turns out, the third point of contact for the upper 2 cervical components are the teeth and bite. If the bite system is corrupted or deficient the whole body will compensate in a negative fashion leading to among other things hyperlordosis, hyperkyphosis, scoliosis, compression of discs, twisting of the pelvis,  and more.  The analogy would be a short third leg of a stool that would cause imbalance and instability in that stool. Without symmetry of the body, health is compromised.

Doctors tell us that diseases that are generated through the years in our body are essentially a consequence of a combination of three factors: genetics, diet and lifestyle (sedentary lifestyle, stress, the environment where we live, etc.).

But,  there is a fourth key factor that determines the progress of aging and disease. This fourth factor is determined by postural conditions.
If your skull is not sufficiently supported by the teeth, it tends to press on the spine pushing it down.
With age, the body tends to collapse and twist on itself like a wrung cloth if it is not sufficiently supported by a proper support of the bite system.

If the skull is not properly supported, it tends to push down (literally to sink) narrowing the space available to the spine that consequently curves (it is for this reason that scoliosis, lordosis or kyphosis arise).

With a body like that your life expectancy decreases because certainly in this collapsing process the underlying structures (organs, nerves, arteries, veins) tend to compress and to work badly creating numerous physical, and psychological symptoms such as chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, headaches, pain in the neck ....

In all of our treatments for both TMJ and orthodontics, Dr. Buck will  plan a course of care that will correct and support body posture. We also work with leading structural specialists in the fields of Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Craniosacral and massage that can adjunctively help the body posture to unravel while we are treating the bite system.

The balancing process and the return into symmetry will literally involve a  revolution in your body: the body will become widely more elastic, the center of gravity will lower, your balance will improve dramatically, respiration will become deeper, the diaphragm will work much better and all the muscles will work in symmetry.


 
FHP Correction

17 degrees of forward head posture corrected to 9 degrees in one month!

13 degrees of forward head posture at start of treatment, and 4 degrees after a few months of orthopedic/neuromuscular treatment!


With proper bite therapy, the forward head posture corrects and the whole body begins to rebalance. This process can take as little as one month.


Cranial Posture


This patient with a misaligned bite had a significant rotated cranium at start of treatment. Now she has a correct cranial posture after epigenetic orthodontic treatment.

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