We now know that crowded or “crooked” teeth, a crossbite, underbite or overbite are signs of an underlying development issue. The way the jaws fit together are less about our genetics and more about external influences on our growth and development. Factors like nutrition, breathing patterns and incorrect forces from facial muscles and the tongue affect growth from a young age.
Traditional Orthodontics straightens teeth without addressing the underlying causes of why the teeth are crooked. However, our approach, a field called Myofunctional Orthodontics, seeks to address the root cause of the problem as soon as possible, rather than just “straightening” teeth.
The Adams Dental team focuses on the underlying causes of crooked teeth. Because this approach targets the cause of the problem, treatment helps lower the risk of orthodontic relapse that is commonly seen today. Research shows that 80% of growth happens by the time children are 8 years old. Knowing this, we approach treatment in the earlier stages of childhood as soon as we see an issue so we can help encourage children’s jaws to develop correctly. While straight teeth are a result, they are not our primary goal.