Orthodontics focuses on correcting crowding or tooth malalignment, and the shape and position of the jaws too. With the help of orthodontic treatment, people can correct various dental issues, such as crowded teeth, overbites, and underbites, and therefore can enhance a patient’s appearance and also their oral health as well.
Our integrative dentistry focuses on how oral health impacts the body as a whole. As holistic dentists, we prioritise treatments to encourage a healthy airway, correct form and function of the jaws, and teeth alignment. We will help address the underlying causes of orthodontic issues, such as airway obstructions and mouth breathing and myofunctional problems.
A holistic approach to orthodontics will also involve early intervention, often well before the adult dentition is fully erupted and as soon as the problem is detected. We aim to avoid tooth extractions and invasive procedures wherever possible.
Traditionally orthodontics was restricted to braces and wires, however, at Snowy Mountains Dental, we aim to identify the reason for the malaligned teeth and address this as the first priority. Often, the airway is impaired as a result of allergies or recurrent viral infections leading to enlargement of the tonsils and/or adenoids and this in turn can lead to a mouth breathing tendency and low tongue position, which will impair the growth of the jaws. The problem is rarely that the teeth are "too big". More often than not, it is the underdevelopment of the jaws that is the issue. Some treatments that we offer include:
referrals to ear, nose and throat specialists, sleep physicians, allergists or manual therapists
oral myofunctional therapy