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Orthodontics: It's Not Just About Straight Teeth

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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on diagnosing and treating irregularities in the teeth. While many people think of orthodontics as purely about achieving clean or straight teeth, it can also be used to correct various problems with facial health and function. In fact, orthodontic treatment is often recommended for many face and jaw-related problems.

Why Do People Need Orthodontic Treatment? 

One of the most common reasons people seek out orthodontic treatment is because they are unhappy with how their teeth look. Crooked or misaligned teeth can be challenging to clean and may also make a person self-conscious about their smile. In some cases, crooked teeth can also cause pain in the jaw or face.

In recent years, orthodontics has been able to treat many deficient growth patterns in jaw development. When the teeth and jaw work together efficiently, it can significantly improve a person's bite and overall facial appearance.

Most Common Jaw and Bite Issues

There are many different types of jaw and bite issues that orthodontics can correct. Some of the most common include:

  • Overbite - the top teeth protrude too far over the bottom teeth
  • Underbite - the bottom teeth protrude too far in front of the top teeth
  • Crossbite - the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, causing the teeth to bite into each other abnormally
  • Open bite - there is a space between the biting surfaces of the front teeth when the back teeth are clenched together
  • Crowding - there is not enough space for all of the teeth to fit comfortably within the mouth

Orthodontic treatment can help correct all these bite issues and give you a straighter, more even smile that you can feel confident about. In addition to improving your appearance, orthodontic treatment can also help to improve your oral health by making it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean.

Early Intervention

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. However, it is often recommended for children and teenagers because this is when the bones in the face are still growing and malleable. This makes them more responsive to orthodontic devices. Adults can also undergo orthodontic treatment, although the results may not be as immediate as they would be for younger patients.

We Treat More Than Just Your Teeth

Dr. Buck's approach to orthodontics treats the whole face, not just the teeth. Dr. Buck uses epigenetic science to trigger jaw development and remodeling to overcome deficient facial growth patterns in children and adults.

If you are interested in comprehensive dental and facial treatment, please contact our office at (425) 329-3142 to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you determine if orthodontics is right for you. 

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Epigenetic Orthodontics

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.

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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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