Orthodontists look beyond the actual position of the teeth. The tongue and other factors are also major considerations.
A conversation between your Orthodontist and myself is needed to understand where in the course of treatment your child is. After knowing the goals of your Orthodontist, therapy could help accelerate the reaching of these goals and can help to maintain all the hard work that your child has done.
For the face, and consequently teeth to develop correctly, a number of factors must be employed by the growing child:
- Mouth closed with lips gently together
- Three quarter of the tongue resting in the roof of the mouth, with the tip of the tongue placed before the front upper teeth
- Breathing through the nose
- Correct swallowing
Muscles of the face and mouth are “re-patterned” in order that they can work harmoniously to positively influence correct jaw growth, tooth alignment, swallowing, chewing, speech, jaw shape and function, as well as to help stabilize orthodontic treatment.