Expansion & Airway-Centered Orthodontics

Early Treatment

At Quantum Orthodontics, we take a holistic approach to orthodontic care. We recommend early treatment (ages four or five) to minimize the need for braces and focus on proper face, jaw, and airway development for better breathing, which can positively impact sleep, behaviour, and brain development!

Myofunctional Therapy

The Myobrace® System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by orthodontists and dentists around the world for more than 50 years.

This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping. Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function, and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile.

Expansion and Airway-Centered Orthodontics

By expanding the roof of the mouth (through removable expanders, clear aligners, and/or traditional braces) at an early age, we are able to grow the jaw and surrounding facial structures to not only increase our patients’ breathing and airway, but also allow the teeth to erupt correctly in the mouth!

This change allows us to look beyond “straight teeth,” to the nose, muscles of the tongue, throat, face, and neck. Suddenly, all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and we are treating more than crooked teeth, but breathing and sleep issues as well.

By choosing a case-specific modality after expansion (i.e., clear aligners or traditional braces) we are able to achieve a beautiful straight smile that will give you confidence for years to come.

Could airway-centered treatment be for you?

Symptoms that can be reduced with airway-centered orthodontics include:

  • Dark “Panda” Eyes: Dark circles and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Bedwetting: Getting a restful night’s sleep can reduce bedwetting
  • Mouth Breathing: Dry, red tissues, snoring, and dry mouth
  • Narrow Jaw and Crooked Teeth: Thumb sucking, narrow jaws, and crooked teeth are all connected
  • Teeth Grinding: Grinding and excessive teeth wear
  • Headaches: Frequent headaches or migraines are signs of poor airway function
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