Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA
If you are seeking an orthodontic method of treatment to straighten your child’s teeth, then you likely will encounter a dentist or orthodontist who may recommend removing certain teeth before beginning the orthodontic treatment. Performed to prevent crowding in the mouth once teeth have been straightened, extracting teeth prior to orthodontic treatment often is presented as a necessity but this is not the case. In fact, extractions can lead to many oral health and development problems. Integrative Dental Arts is here to share with you on how extractions in these instances can be avoided.
By seeking the services of a dentist who practices functional orthodontics, these extractions prior to orthodontic work are not needed. This is because functional orthodontics focuses not only on straightening teeth, but also on reaching proper development of the face, jaws, and dental arches. Functional orthodontics treats the entire orofacial system—including posture of the jaws, head, and neck while seeking the ideal relationship between the teeth and the muscles of the face and mouth. Using a combination of facial growth guidance and orthodontics, your Agoura Hills dentists who practice functional orthodontics can produce fully developed jaws that allow all the teeth to fit naturally without the need for extraction.
Functional orthodontics achieves this goal of jaw growth even in adults—although most people have completed 90 percent of their facial growth by the time they turn 12 years old, making it ideal to seek procedures of this sort during early childhood when possible.
Conventional orthodontics, which solely emphasizes straightening the teeth, often results in lengthening the face, which increases the risk of jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or airway issues that can lead to the development of a sleep breathing disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. Functional orthopedics produce protected temporomandibular joints, encourages an open airway, and also results in a more aesthetically pleasing face.
Did you know that, based on the findings of several different research studies, symptoms of TMJ have been detected in as many as 60 percent of all patients seeking orthodontic treatment? Pursuing a mere conventional course of orthodontic treatment does nothing to address these issues and, often times, makes them worse.
When performing extractions before orthodontic treatment, the teeth most often removed are four bicuspids—two from each dental arch. If a patient already suffers from malocclusion (also known as a bad bite), then removing these teeth actually can worsen this condition. By contrast, using functional oral appliances as a precursor to orthodontic treatment results in wider faces, broader smiles, and a fuller—and yes, more attractive—facial structure. This is because functional orthodontics allows for the upper and lower jaw to grow to their proper size in which it allows for teeth to be straightened, expands the upper palate to make room for the proper resting position of the tongue, and facilitates an open airway for breathing.
Your Westlake Village dentists at Integrative Dental Arts are proud to offer functional orthopedics as part of our wide array of services. Each of the oral appliances we prescribe is custom-made from impressions of the patient’s mouth, guaranteeing a snug and comfortable fit, as well as maximum effectiveness. To learn more about this state-of-the-art method of treatment, or schedule a consultation to evaluate the facial development of you or your child, contact the office of Integrative Dental Arts at (818) 889-0400 today.
Functional Orthodontics in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village
Integrative Dental Arts is proud to offer comprehensive oral health services for patients in the areas of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in southern California.