Airway/Growth Focused Orthodontics

Airway Focused Orthodontics Sydney, Crows Nest & Bella Vista

Airway focused orthodontics is a type of dentistry that uses a philosophical approach to the way our teeth develop throughout childhood. By helping to create the structure and shape of a child’s jaw from an early age, the way they naturally grow can be adapted and shaped advantageously.

At Oralux Dental, we believe that using an airway-focused approach instead of old school orthodontics means we can help children achieve better facial/jaw bone growth, oral function, and teeth alignment. By addressing these potential concerns early on, we can ensure a healthier future for our children and avoid issues arising from poor facial growth and development.

Airway Focused Orthodontics

 

Most dentistry is focused on dental health, care and repair of teeth, gums and bones. However, because of the prevalence in conditions such as teeth grinding, snoring, mouth breath, ADHD, bedwetting and others, dentists are becoming increasingly concerned with the ease and function of patient’s airways. Oralux Dental considers this to be a high priority, which is why we ensure we don’t only treat our client’s dental needs, we also identify and fix any issues related to their airways that may have been overlooked or ignored altogether.

In short, we focus on the breathing function in the children and adults we treat. It’s the most important function in the human body, especially in terms of health, and one that depends on the tongue’s position and how easily they breathe through their nose. We do this through various methods:
Preventative protocols
Interceptive protocols
Corrective orthodontics
All of these methods seek to improve the upper airway, and in turn, improve the smile and facial appearance. Orthopedic treatment, meaning intervention with facial and jaw bone development, in particular, play a crucial role in managing sleep disorders associated with upper airways, and at Oralux Dental, our commitment to yours and your child’s long-term health and wellbeing is paramount.

Airway Focused Orthodontics

Most dentistry is focused on dental health, care and repair of teeth, gums and bones. However, because of the prevalence in conditions such as teeth grinding, snoring, mouth breath, ADHD, bedwetting and others, dentists are becoming increasingly concerned with the ease and function of patient’s airways. Oralux Dental considers this to be a high priority, which is why we ensure we don’t only treat our client’s dental needs, we also identify and fix any issues related to their airways that may have been overlooked or ignored altogether.

In short, we focus on the breathing function in the children and adults we treat. It’s the most important function in the human body, especially in terms of health, and one that depends on the tongue’s position and how easily they breathe through their nose. We do this through various methods:

Preventative protocols
Interceptive protocols
Corrective orthodontics
All of these methods seek to improve the upper airway, and in turn, improve the smile and facial appearance. Orthopedic treatment, meaning intervention with facial and jaw bone development, in particular, play a crucial role in managing sleep disorders associated with upper airways, and at Oralux Dental, our commitment to yours and your child’s long-term health and wellbeing is paramount.

Is Airway Focused Orthodontics Right for Me?

 

It may not come as a surprise to hear that nearly 50% of patients at Oralux Dental present with issues related to their airways. By opting for an airway focused approach, we don’t just look at your teeth. We also look at your throat, nose, muscles in your neck, cheeks and tongue, and even the rest of your body.

The signs and symptoms that we look for include:

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Dark shadows under the eyes
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Narrow and high upper palate bone
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Enlarged and/or scalloped tongue
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How your lips interact when you breathe through your mouth
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If you have an inflammation in your throat, especially the tonsils
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How small your nostrils are and how high or narrow your nose is
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An enlarged uvula (the tear dropped-shaped piece of soft tissue that hangs down the back of your throat)

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We understand it’s important to have insight into your dental investment before committing to treatment. Simply click on the button below, enter your details and receive our latest price list.

Book a consultation with us and we will provide you with a competitive quotation based on our professional assessment of your individual situation.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Download Our Price List

We understand it’s important to have insight into your dental investment before committing to treatment. Simply click on the button below, enter your details and receive our latest price list.

Book a consultation with us and we will provide you with a competitive quotation based on our professional assessment of your individual situation.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Katrina Y.

Very lovely staff. Dr Wendy Wang is excellent with my children! Highly recommended.

Katrina Y.

Symptoms

 

Oralux Dental will carry out a thorough assessment of your signs and symptoms when you visit us. However, if you’re unsure whether Airway Focused Orthodontics is right for you or your child, there are various symptoms you can check for yourself at home.

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If you or your child snore
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If your child wets the bed
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If you or your child suffer from migraines
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Ear infections, especially when they reoccur
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A retruded or protruded lower jaw or a narrow jaw
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If you or your child present with signs and symptoms of jaw joint
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Nighttime grinding or evidence of excessive teeth wear
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If your child sleeps excessively through the day, or you are exhausted more often than not
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Whether you or your child breath through your mouths the majority of the time
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If you or your child have crooked teeth (this can be a sign of poor jaw development)
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Does your child suck their thumb? This can actually cause issues with jaw development
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Whether you or your child have dark circles beneath your eyes (colloquially known as ‘panda’ eyes)
If you’ve answered yes to three or more of these, then it’s worth booking an appointment to see your dentist.

The Benefits

 

There are various benefits to undergoing a treatment of Airway Focused Orthodontics.

By optimising your or your child’s airway passages, breathing function is improved
The likelihood of breathing conditions forming, such as sleep apnea is reduced
Early intervention and preventive measures when a child is young can help avoid the possibility of issues associated with breathing arising later in life
The encouragement of nasal breathing helps in the natural and beneficial development of a child’s jaw structure. This helps prevent:

  • Deficient facial growth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Issues eating
Overall sleep and breathing are improved. This improves:

  • Cognitive development
  • Overall health and wellbeing
  • Tongue posture
  • Body posture
The formation of beautiful, healthy and happy smiles

Cost

 

The cost of Airway Focused Orthodontics depends on the extent of the work. At Oralux Dental, we don’t charge a premium, so our prices reflect the complexity, time and number of visits you’ll need to complete your treatment. All our costs will be discussed with you during your or your child’s consultation, allowing you to make a decision based on your budget and needs.

Cost

The cost of Airway Focused Orthodontics depends on the extent of the work. At Oralux Dental, we don’t charge a premium, so our prices reflect the complexity, time and number of visits you’ll need to complete your treatment. All our costs will be discussed with you during your or your child’s consultation, allowing you to make a decision based on your budget and needs.
Michael P.

Very professional yet friendly clinic. From the moment you walk in till the moment you leave you are treated with care and professionalism. The entire staff are extremely welcoming and make you feel very comfortable. Would thoroughly recommend Oralux Dental.

Michael P.

Schedule A Visit

 

Our team of compassionate and gentle dentists are here to help you breathe and smile with ease. We want to improve your and your child’s quality of life through our innovative approach, and we are committed to ensuring your comfort and confidence throughout your relationship with us.

Get in touch today to schedule an appointment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and are determined to offer the best possible service for you and your family. Call us on 02 8065 1702 or complete the form below so one of our friendly team members can get in touch to help you organise your appointment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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