Functional and Traditional Orthodontics

While traditional orthodontics has dominated dentistry for decades, functional orthodontics is getting attention as a superior alternative.

Traditional orthodontics – i.e. the use of braces to straighten teeth – has dominated dentistry for decades. However, a fundamental shift in thinking is taking place as functional orthodontics gains prominence, challenging the conventional norms and positioning itself as a superior alternative. Here are the differences between functional orthodontics and traditional orthodontics, and why we believe that functional orthodontics is a more comprehensive and effective approach.

Foundations of Traditional Orthodontics

Traditional orthodontics primarily focuses on straightening teeth and correcting bite issues through the use of fixed appliances, such as braces. This approach is proven to work for its primary goal of producing a better smile and fixing malocclusion (i.e. a poorly aligned bite). But traditional orthodontia overlooks the broader picture of facial development and functional harmony. The emphasis is primarily on the alignment of teeth rather than the underlying causes of misalignment or potential impacts on overall health.

Functional orthodontics takes a more holistic approach, addressing not just the alignment of teeth but also the underlying factors that contribute to misalignment. This field recognizes the intricate connection between the teeth, jaw, facial muscles, and airway. By considering the functional aspects of the entire oral and facial structure, functional orthodontics aims to create a balanced and harmonious system that supports optimal function and aesthetics.

Functional Orthodontics in Flower Mound TX

In the ongoing evolution of dentistry, functional orthodontics stands out as a superior alternative to traditional methods. By considering the broader aspects of facial development, airway health, and overall function, functional orthodontics not only transforms smiles but also enhances individual well-being. As awareness grows regarding the limitations of traditional orthodontics, more patients are embracing the comprehensive and patient-centric approach offered by functional orthodontics for a truly holistic and lasting transformation.

At TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of North Texas, we believe that orthodontic treatment should involve more than simply achieving a great smile. We go beyond aesthetics and prioritize your overall well-being, aiming to provide you or your child with the opportunity for a healthy and pain-free life. Our approach involves a thorough and thoughtful analysis of your anatomy, breathing patterns, physiology, and neurology, ensuring that we create the most effective treatment plan. Unlike traditional orthodontics, where the focus is primarily on straightening teeth and improving smiles, we recognize the importance of addressing skeletal changes that may be necessary. Our treatment plans consider not only proper breathing but also enhancements in posture, spine alignment, neurological balance, and muscle function. By prioritizing whole-body wellness, we aim to optimize brain function and promote your overall health.

Many adults believe that their orthodontic choices are limited because their facial structure is no longer growing. They may also think that certain corrections they desire are no longer achievable. Whether you’ve experienced relapse from previous orthodontic treatment or were dissatisfied with the results, Dr. Hana Khan offers refined techniques that can address skeletal and airway deficiencies, even in non-growing patients. Through these innovative methods, we can stimulate new bone growth and enhance both facial aesthetics and your dazzling smile, even in adulthood. Additionally, for those seeking more discreet options, clear or tooth-colored braces are available.

Dr. Hana is also certified in techniques such as clear aligners, providing further flexibility for simpler dental corrections. If you have experienced minor tooth shifting after previous orthodontic treatment or misplaced your retainers, Dr. Hana can assess your smile and suggest simpler alternatives to resolve cosmetic and hygiene concerns.

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