August 2, 2016
We have reached a new era in orthodontics. Traditional orthodontic treatment has been geared toward achieving simple esthetics first, and then hoping the facial muscles and jaw will catch up after the teeth have been put into proper alignment. With gneuromuscular orthodontics in Coral Gables, Dr. Bushdid takes a more comprehensive approach to your treatment with your braces. That includes considering how the facial muscles, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), neck and teeth work as one — and proceeding with orthodontic treatment next.
How Gneuromuscular Orthodontics Works
To treat your teeth with the gneuromuscular orthodontic approach, Dr. Bushdid will begin with a comprehensive exam and records, which include radiographs of your TMJ and neck and instrumentation with the K7, which performs scans of electromyography (EMG, like an EKG of the heart), jaw tracking and sonography. He will then use TENS along with the K7 instrument instruments to identify your ideal facial appearance and optimal jaw alignment. This information helps him determine how to proceed with braces.
What are the benefits of the comprehensive approach to orthodontic treatment with gneuromuscular dentistry? They are significant. Advantages include:
- Improved function of the teeth neck and jaw
- Better bite stability
- More pleasing facial appearance
- Less chance for dental relapse, or the teeth shifting back to their original position after braces are removed
- A happier, healthier, more stable jaw for years to come
Another big benefit of gneuromuscular dentistry concerns extractions performed to create space for correcting crowded teeth. Traditional orthodontics often achieves this by pulling teeth, an approach that affects the airway and tongue space. Fortunately, today’s gneuromuscular orthodontic treatment can avoid extractions to avoid narrow and constricted arches.
Why Seek Orthodontic/Orthopedic Treatment Early
While many practitioners of traditional orthodontics prefer to wait until most of the patient’s permanent teeth have emerged to perform orthodontics, Coral Gables dentist Dr. Bushdid recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of six. It is important to treat orthodontic issues early, before the jawbone has fully formed. Some issues — like underbite and a narrow upper arch — are far easier to treat at a young age.
Orthopedic care can also greatly benefit children, helping guide the jaw as it forms to prevent future trauma and problems with the TMJ. Use of an orthopedic device may eliminate the need for future orthodontic treatment altogether.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about how Dr. Bushdid improves your orthodontic treatment with gneuromuscular dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact your dentist in Coral Gables at Bushdid Smiles. Request an appointment for you or a loved one online today!
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