SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA
Upper airways resistance syndrome, improper tongue rest posture, and snoring are obstacles to proper breathing, as well as facial asymmetry. The result is disruptions in your normal sleep cycle, which increases your risk of health complications, an uneven bite, and sometimes TMJ disorder. Your upper jaw development, or maxillary growth, is an adjustable treatment method to reduce sleep complications and improve your breathing. An additional benefit of monitoring and adjusting your jaw will help you achieve a more symmetrical appearance. The knowledgeable dentists in Scotts Valley at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry share what facial asymmetry has to do with overall health and wellness.
WHAT IS THE MAXILLA?
The upper jaw, or the maxilla, is critical to your skull structure as it plays a vital role. An underdeveloped maxilla can increase your risk of developing advanced health conditions. Some conditions are upper airway resistance, nasal polyps, sleep apnea, snoring, and chronic rhinosinusitis. The result is insufficient space for your tongue to rest (along the roof of the mouth), potentially causing a compromised airway. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we understand that a compromised airway can lead to increased health complications. That is why our dentists in Santa Cruz that offer orthodontics can help you improve your health and overall wellbeing.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF AN ASYMMETRICAL FACE?
The best method of determining if you have an asymmetrical face is to look at yourself in the mirror.
The following characteristics are indicative of facial asymmetry:
- Asymmetry near your mouth
- Unlevel or different shaped eyes
- Your natural head posture is to one side
- Droopiness of your upper or lower eyelid
- One side of your smile has a more profound line
- Shoulder asymmetry could occur caused by an imbalanced jaw.
When you notice the above characteristics looking at you in the mirror, a consultation with the Los Gatos friendly dentists from Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can help you develop a treatment plan.
WHAT CAUSES AN UNDERDEVELOPED MAXILLA?
The development of the maxilla is largely supported by tongue posture. When the tongue does not rest at the roof of the mouth, either because of a tongue tie or mouth breathing, the maxilla does not develop to its full potential. This often results in a narrow maxilla, crowding of the upper teeth, and underdeveloped facial profile. The highly trained dentists in Scotts Valley report patients who have an underdeveloped maxilla often have difficulties breathing.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Seeking early treatment can reduce additional health risks that you could develop. When you begin treatment, you eliminate the cause of the problem by guiding jawbone development and providing sufficient space for any incoming permanent teeth. This approach is best for developing children. Facial growth guidance assists by ensuring that their upper and lower jaws expand to their fullest potential, with plenty of room for permanent teeth to emerge. This process can be achieved by having the child wear an oral appliance designed to stimulate the jaw growth and development. Many of our pediatric patients with poor facial growth also benefit from Orthotropics, which is ideal for ages 4-12.
However, adults may also benefit from treatment. Your experienced dentists in Santa Cruz recommend treating some oral conditions: crossbites, excessively spaced teeth, underbites, overly crowded teeth, and teeth that abnormally or don’t meet at all. With proper treatment, asymmetrical features can become well-balanced while improving your health. In some instances, patients may also benefit from myofunctional therapy, which is like physical therapy for the tongue and mouth. After years of poor rest oral posture or having the tongue rest at the bottom of the mouth with the lips apart, the orofacial muscles need to be trained to function properly when swallowing, breathing, and at rest.
ADULT ORTHODONTICS IN LOS GATOS, SANTA CRUZ, AND SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Reversing sleep disorders by reshaping your face and sphenoid bone and regulating your breathing with the help of adult orthodontics to correct your tongue posture is possible with a well-trained dentist in Los Gatos. With the adjustments, you could reduce various chronic health conditions and progressively achieve a balanced face. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, Dr. Max and Dr. Ariana ensure each patient receives customized treatment based on their condition, so not all treatments are the same. To find out if you would benefit from orthopedic care, feel free to contact the Scotts Valley professional dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry by calling (831) 824-5111 to schedule your appointment or contact us online.