What are Integrative Treatments?
At the Centre for Integrative Orthodontics, we understand that the way we breathe and swallow, as well as our posture, can affect the development of our jaws, teeth and faces. If our airways are compromised enough, it has a negative impact on brain function and our health. The three most important factors for the healthy development of the face, teeth and airways are:
- Breathing should be in and out through the nose.
- At rest, the mouth should be closed with the lips together.
- The tongue should rest against the roof of the mouth 90% of the time.
The only way to ensure the underlying causes are identified and addressed is through integrative treatment. This is a team approach to identifying and resolving the underlying causes of growth and development issues and incorrect function of the body from head to toe. The focus of integrative care is to address as many of these causes as possible to improve the overall health and wellness of the patient, helping them reach their full potential.
We don’t just treat the symptoms, we look for the cause of your, or your child’s problems and treat them effectively. Our team of specialized doctors look at all factors involved in achieving good health: tongue posture, breathing, eating, body posture, cranial movement, spinal alignment, sleep, and more.
Integrative Treatment has to do with identifying and correcting underlying causes of many growth and development issues, and with teaching good habits that will help lead to normal development. These include:
- Nasal breathing
- Lips closed at rest
- Tongue resting on the roof of the mouth when the lips are together
- Facial muscles remaining at rest during swallowing
- Breathing for better oxygen delivery
- Eating to fuel proper growth
- Sitting and standing to keep bones growing straight
- Sleeping for proper rest and growth of the body
Early Warning Signs
- Open Mouth Posture
- Mouth Breathing
- Chapped Lips, Lip Licking, Nail Biting
- Swollen gums
- Visible Gums Above the Upper Front Teeth When Fully Smiling
- Asymmetric, unbalanced facial growth patterns
- Long Faces and Recessive Chins
- Underbites with Small Upper Jaws and Prominent Chins
- Dark Circles and/or Bags Under the Eyes
- Behavioral Challenges, ADHD-type Behavior, Executive Function Concerns
- School Performance Getting Worse
- Foggy Thinking, Poor Memory
- Noisy Eating and Drooling
- Crowded, Crooked Teeth
- Feeding Issues, Breastfeeding Difficulties
- Speech Issues
- Lack of Spaces Between Baby Teeth or Crowding of New Teeth
- Teeth That Don’t Touch the Opposing Teeth When Biting
- Frequent Stuffy Noses, Colds, Allergies or Asthma
- Swollen Tonsils and Adenoids
- Ear Infections/Eustachian Tube Reflux
- Affected Hearing or Ringing in the Ears
- Tongue Tie and/or Lip Tie
- Tongue Thrusting
- Facial Muscles Moving on Swallowing
- Pacifiers, Sippy Cups, Thumb/Finger Sucking
- Snoring or Loud Breathing During Sleep
- Forward head posture and Poor General Posture
- Headaches, Pain in the Jaws or Neck
- Restless/Poor Sleep, Nightmares, Bedwetting
- Daytime Sleepiness or Cranky Behavior in Young Children
- Scalloped Pattern Visible on the Sides of the Tongue
Example of Dark Circles/Bags
Upper jaw skeletal deficiencies leading to venous pooling under the eyes. Proper drainage can be restored by increasing the size of upper jaw through our treatment.
Example of Forward Head Posture
The forward head posture is the position her brain has figured out is needed to maximally open her airway. The other postural changes are needed to maintain balance.
Our Integrative Treatments
Myology means the study of “muscle”. Oral myology deals with the movements and functions of all the mouth muscles during rest, chewing, swallowing, and breathing.
Having the muscles functioning correctly is important, though we are never taught it. Many activities “teach” the muscles from birth on, and often the wrong habits are established. Then, the muscles influence the growth of the face, jaws, and teeth improperly, resulting in a number of early warning signs.
The way to learn how to use these muscles correctly is private lessons from an Oral Myofunctional Therapist (OMT). The OMT can be a dental hygienist, speech pathologist, and sometimes a dentist, osteopath or chiropractor, who has had specialty training in this area. Some OMT’s are certified through one of a select few organizations.
OMT’s offer a series of one-on-one sessions that are designed to:
- Break down complex movements into very basic muscle activities
- Combine basic movements into balanced, coordinated functions
- Make these new functions a habit
Sacro Occipital Technique
S.O.T. is a gentle, highly analytical chiropractic technique which was developed by Dr. M.B. DeJarnette. It was one of the earliest techniques (dating back to 1925) and remains one of the most progressive, contemporary, and thoroughly researched techniques available to chiropractors today. In S.O.T., the doctor understands three main subluxation patterns alter normal body function. S.O.T. is also the only chiropractic technique that incorporates specialized, proven TMJ/orthodontic co-treatment protocols.
Craniopathy is a specialized Chiropractic field dealing with the micro motion and distortions of the skull. This technique improves the flow of Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (C.S.F.) which is dependent on a stable, balanced cranium, spine and pelvis. Correcting cranial distortions reducing cranial stress that improving C.S.F. flow restoring normal functioning to the brain and nervous system.
Cranial Dental Integration
Cranial dental therapy is a team approach that includes two primary specialists: a specially trained chiropractor and dentist. Together, they cross diagnose and treat TMJ and sleep apnea related problems in a step-by-step process that maximizes the speed to alleviating pain and discomfort.
The Myobrace® System
The Myobrace® System utilizes a series of both removable oral appliances, called “Trainers”, and Myofunctional Training Exercises to help your child grow, breathe and sleep better by dealing with the underlying issues that can cause “crooked teeth” and “narrow palates” in the first place – resulting in not only a beautiful smile but also a healthy body. Studies indicate that a child’s facial and dental development can be significantly impacted by the use of airway centered orthodontic treatments. These treatments, when combined with myofunctional training, work to establish proper nasal breathing, proper lip seal, proper tongue position and correct swallowing patterns.
The position and shape of the teeth and jaws has also been connected to sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea, conditions which affect millions of people of all ages. Receiving early treatment, between the ages of 3-10 years, when a child’s face and airway is at the height of its development, offer the best results and lifelong benefits to both dental and overall health. The earlier treatment starts, the less costly and more conservative overall treatment can be. In fact, most kids that start treatment early, DO NOT NEED “BRACES.”
BENEFITS OF THE MYOBRACE® SYSTEM:
- Uses light forces to naturally align the teeth and re-train the oral-facial muscles to function properly
- Unlike traditional orthodontics, Myobrace® is not worn all the time
- Allows patients to easily brush and floss your teeth
- No dietary restrictions
- Teaches proper nasal breathing, proper tongue placement and correct swallowing patterns
- Encourages proper airway development
How Myobrace® Works
Children can use the Myobrace while they still have baby teeth. Myobrace® removable orthodontic “trainers” need to be worn for 1-2 hours during the day and while sleeping at night, EVERYDAY for effective treatment. The Myobrace® trainers are a series of 3 different trainers (4 in the Teen Series) that work on habit correction, jaw expansion and retention and are specially sized and designed based on your child’s age and treatment needs. Working to develop the jaws, open the airway, and move teeth into proper alignment, the Myobrace® appliance is used together with daily breathing, tongue and facial exercises to create new muscle memory patterns, correct poor myofunctional habits and establish healthy nasal breathing.
The length and success of Myobrace® treatment is heavily dependent on PATIENT COMPLIANCE. Typical treatment requires the patient wear the trainer for 1-2 hours every day while sleeping and to follow the fun and easy program of myofunctional training exercises. The average treatment time will vary, but is generally around 18 months.
In general, the EARLIER YOU START TREATMENT with Myobrace®, the LESS INVASIVE and LESS COMPLICATED TREATMENT WILL BE.