The key to a beautiful natural smile, profile and symmetrical face

 

Functional jaw orthodontics is concerned with ideal growth of the bones in the head and neck, this includes the cranial bones that house the brain, the jaws and neck vertebrae. By doing this it allows us to idealise the head position over the neck and therefore the spine, maintain a good airway and make sure the TMJs are stable.

What does that mean in the long term- less chance of TMD, headaches, neck aches, sleep apnoea and additionally beautiful wide smiles, beautiful profiles and symmetrical faces. Functional jaw orthodontics avoids extractions.

  In adults orthotics / bite plates are used initially to allow the lower jaw to come to the correct position. Following this the top jaw has to be "expanded" to the correct position. In most cases this can be done WITHOUT SURGERY

 

In adults orthotics / bite plates are used initially to allow the lower jaw to come to the correct position. Following this the top jaw has to be "expanded" to the correct position. In most cases this can be done WITHOUT SURGERY

 

Removing teeth to make room to straighten crowded teeth can have dire consequences for the face, TMJs and airways.  As a child the changes in the face may not be too obvious as they are still blessed with youthful skin, however as they get older the face tends to get longer, dished in, the head posture becomes gradually more forward, which can then place a lot of strain on the spine. As the facial changes occur the lower jaw ends up growing further and further back which then places pressure on the airway. Removal of teeth also means less room for the tongue due to narrower arch form. With less room for the tongue and a compromised airway it is almost certain that sleep apnoea will occur as your child becomes older.

IMPROVING AND ENHANCING THE IDEAL FACIAL STRUCTURE

At TMJ Centre Melbourne we look at the causes of incorrect facial growth as getting to the root of the cause will avoid relapse of treatment and which is all too common with traditional orthodontic approaches. The key to getting ideal facial growth is to ensure nasal breathing, correct lip posture and correct swallow patterns are established in conjunction with ideal orthopaedic appliances. Dr Shah is well versed in using many different systems / appliances to allow individual tailoring for children and adults. At TMJ Centre Melbourne you will also receive care from Dr Dowker (Holistic Chiropractor) simultaneously to help correct any dysfunction in the cranium, neck, back and the rest of the body. This will make treatment times quicker and help correct posture.

We diagnose holistically looking at what may cause mouth breathing in the first place, this is often due to a combination of diet, incorrect habits, structural deformations and narrow upper jaws.

TREATING ADULTS

Unfortunately many of us did not have the opportunity to have orthodontic treatment as children.  Some of you may have had teeth removed and now suffer form TMD / Sleep Apnoea. Fortunately it is still possible in most cases to correct deep bites, reopen extraction spaces, broaden smiles and treat TMD with functional jaw orthodontics without the need for surgery.  Using our combined approach of functional jaw orthodontics and chiropractic care we can make treatment quicker, painless and give you back your life, beautiful faces and avoid jaw surgery.

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

If you have suffered from TMD or sleep apnoea your children may also suffer the same issues in the future. We strongly recommend assessing your children by the age of 6 as early treatment provides the best results. Early treatment will also avoid the need for braces.

Please come in for our comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. Book a CONSULTATION or 2ND OPINION today.