Orthodontics

Could Jaw Remodeling Help Boost Your Child's Grades?

June 10th, 2021

Braces, retainers, and getting wisdom teeth pulled are all so common in our society that many people view them as a rite of passage. Many of these milestones are experienced in childhood and are often required because children's jaws aren't fully developing. Underdeveloped jaws, without treatment, often cause TMJ disorders which come with additional problems.

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Stanford University researchers suggest that these problems haven't always existed and that they are problems now because the human jaw is shrinking. This trend would explain the malocclusions and wisdom teeth pain that plague so many people around the world.

TMJ and Childhood Focus

Where do childhood jaw growth and focus connect? TMJ disorders can cause:

  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sleep deprivation

If your child is suffering from one of these conditions, it may result in them:

  • Becoming distracted easily
  • Frequently daydreaming
  • Being forgetful
  • Regularly making careless mistakes
  • Squirming or fidgeting

The Relationship to Jaw Growth

Research suggests a correlation between concentration and jaw development. Insufficient jaw development can lead to unbalanced jaw positioning.

  • Your child's trouble focusing may result from chronic tooth or jaw pain that they are having trouble expressing to you. Pain can be unpleasant and distracting for children.
  • Jaw development can have long-lasting effects on a variety of systems and processes. The position of the jaw establishes the amount of room in the mouth. Without adequate space for a person's teeth and tongue, this could lead to a breathing obstruction, especially during sleep when the tongue rests further back in the mouth.
  • Sleep deprivation can make concentrating incredibly challenging. Toothaches and headaches can cause children to be more forgetful, prone to daydreaming, or careless with their schoolwork.

How Can the Center for Exceptional Dentistry Help Your Child?

Dr. Firouzi has a tremendous amount of experience in orthodontics and remodeling patient's jaws to relieve pain. If your child is experiencing difficulty concentrating or sleeping, it may result from undiagnosed TMJ disorder. To learn more about your child's options for treatment, call Dr. Firouzi today at (412) 274-1126 or visit our contact page here.

Advantages of Neuromuscular Orthodontics

April 23rd, 2021

Insufficient jaw development is one of the primary contributors to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Neuromuscular orthodontics can help remodel adult jaw structure and provide growth guidance for children.

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Insufficient jaw development is one of the primary contributors to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Neuromuscular orthodontics can help remodel adult jaw structure and provide growth guidance for children.

The Neuromuscular Approach

Neuromuscular orthodontics is about more than straight teeth. Dr. Firouzi's approach to treating the entire face instead of focusing on teeth alone helps build a strong foundation for future dental work and development. This approach integrates:

  • The patient's teeth
  • Condition of the patient's TMJ
  • Space for the tongue to rest comfortably
  • Upper airway
  • Muscles that control posture
  • The function of the jaw and neck

The goal of neuromuscular orthodontics is to create a balanced smile, beautiful, aligned, and in harmony with surrounding structures and systems.

How Is Neuromuscular Orthodontics Used?

Neuromuscular dentistry's primary focus is to diagnose and treat temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). This practice is essential because an unbalanced dental alignment can cause:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Jaw and tooth pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Jaw locking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sleep apnea

Implementing neuromuscular dentistry techniques helps treat these conditions and prevent existing symptoms from worsening. Additionally, advanced orthodontics can optimize jaw structure and positioning. Restructuring or guiding jaw growth can also yield better cosmetic results.

Better Than Traditional?

Many orthodontists focus primarily on cosmetics, ensuring patients' teeth are straight by fitting them with braces. While this approach can create beautiful smiles for patients and give them the visible result they're looking for, it can fall short of the mark. Straight teeth are a noble goal. Aesthetically speaking, pearly whites lined up neatly look better. What's missing from the equation is all of the other structures that contribute to the problem. If the jaw, for example, is too small or underdeveloped, it can affect the way teeth interact with each other.

Neuromuscular Orthodontics at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry

Don't leave your orthodontic needs to a traditional orthodontist. Dr. Firouzi provides his patients with advanced dentistry knowledge and techniques focused on functionality and beauty. Contact Dr. Firouzi today at (412) 274-1126 or visit our contact page here for a consultation and learn about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry.

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