Physiologic Orthodontics can often correct underbites, overbites, and cross bites without expensive and risky jaw surgery.
What is physiologic orthodontics?
Physiologic orthodontics, an evolution of physiologic dentistry, dives deep into the relationship between the teeth, jaw joints (TMJs), and the muscles that keep them in place. Dr. Green's approach ensures these elements are in sync, offering health, balance, beauty, and plenty of room for straight teeth. When they're aligned, your oral system operates effortlessly and painlessly.
For years, dental bite problems like underbites, overbites, and cross bites were hard to fix in adults. Often, expensive and risky jaw surgeries were the only option.
Maxillofacial TMJ jaw surgery often requires braces to align the bite before and after the surgery. Treatment and jaw surgery to correct the bite could be painful for years. Going under the knife means going to sleep with anesthesia, and the surgeon will make cuts to reach and fix your jaw. It's an invasive process that involves cutting through muscle.
Fortunately, dentistry is constantly advancing, and a non-surgical jaw correction option now exists.
Trouble with an underdeveloped jaw
An underdeveloped jaw can lead to breathing issues and other problems. For example, kids with small jaws often breathe through their mouths, leading to long-term health concerns like TMJ, sleep-disordered breathing, and crooked teeth. A small jaw can also result in a weak chin, mouth breathing, and issues like overbites and underbites.Our innovative techniques offer a less risky and more comfortable alternative to traditional jaw surgery.
How is physiologic orthodontics different from traditional orthodontics?
Physiologic orthodontics starts with what we call the "big three." The big three are nasal breathing, lip seal, and proper tongue posture.
When those three things are not in place during the growth and development of the jaws, disharmonies and imbalances in the craniofacial structure can result.
We utilize an orthodontic technique called physiologic orthodontics that can correct some disharmonies that form during growth and development when the big three are interrupted.
When those big three were interrupted during growth and development, we commonly see patients with a top jaw that is too small and a bottom jaw that is too small, or maybe a top jaw that's set back, a bottom jaw that's overgrown; standard terms for these things are underbites and overbites.
Our physiologic orthodontic therapy allows us to develop the top jaw to the proper size, which frees up our ability to get the bottom jaw in a nice, relaxed physiologic bite position.
What can I expect from physiologic orthodontic treatment?
Physiologic orthodontics and myofunctional therapy allow our patients to re-establish the big three in proper working order as alternatives to jaw surgery.
- Restore Nasal Breathing
- Improve Lip Seal
- Improve Oral Posture
- Your teeth are along for the "the ride"
Remember, with all medical and dental treatment, individual results may vary. Talk to a qualified doctor like Dr. Randi Green to determine candidacy for treatment.
Tongue and Lip Tie Assessment
We perform a tethered oral tissue, including tongue-tie evaluation, for new patients to determine if tongue- or lip-tie may be present and leading to restrictive movement.
Physiologic orthodontics, especially for adult patients, opens up a new avenue for those seeking jaw alignment without surgery.
Physiologic orthodontics can correct bite issues from an underdeveloped top jaw, TMJ pain, facial pain, bad posture, headaches, migraines, decreased airway volume, sleep apnea, and reduce premature facial aging.
Dr. Randi Green offers myofunctional therapy, a training program for the face, mouth, and tongue muscles. The benefits of treatment can include enhanced talking, eating, and breathing abilities, and this therapy is backed by research, especially for treating sleep-disordered breathing.
Is Physiologic Orthodontics Right For You?
Take action with a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Randi Green.
Physiologic dentistry works with the patient's physiology to correct the underlying issues that caused a bad dental bite in the first place. Read more from Dr. Green about why many of us have bite problems and dental crowding.
How do you fix a crooked jaw without surgery?
Physiologic orthodontic treatment with Dr. Randi Green can correct a bad dental bite, help you return from mouth breathing to proper nasal breathing, improve your posture, and decrease or eliminate pain from the TMJ and facial muscles.
These physiologic orthodontic techniques can drastically improve sunken faces, enhance facial volume to minimize the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, improve the presence of a weak chin, and sometimes decrease neck fat (affectionately known as "turkey neck").