If you have crowded teeth, you have an airway problem. Where does the tongue live? It lives inside the teeth. With crowded teeth the tongue has less room. The only direction that the tongue volume has to go is back toward the throat, which is the airway reducing its normal healthy size. Getting the teeth straighter improves you breathing.

Three things to never do when you have braces:

1. Have teeth removed for braces also reduces the room for the tongue to lessen your ability to breathe easier and increases chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea. “Teeth are selfish, the first ones to come in take up all the room.” For children’s teeth, if you rob Peter (extract) now, you will have to pay Paul later (crowded again).

2. Wearing head gear is designed to lessen “buck teeth” overjet. It moves the upper jaw back, again lessening room for the tongue.

3. Use rapid palatal expanders to make the upper jaw bigger to fit with the lower jaw. Research has shown that 33% of its movement is lost after treatment is completed. It is too rapid for the bone to adapt for the long term. Instead use removable orthopedic expanders for long term stability, however treatment time takes longer. Palatal expanders widen the mouth, lowers the roof of the mouth, and can reduce bed wetting. Reduced hearing in children is linked to a high palate. Severe sleep apnea in children can be cured with a palatal expander.

After doing one or more of the above following braces, you can develop clicking jaws, and then 10 years or so later you can’t open as wide as before and with jaw pain. Then find a dentist with a long history of TMJ training. By the way, the first step is not grinding on teeth, crowns, or more braces.

If you would like to get out of braces faster, orthodontic teeth movement can be accelerated 30% faster with a medical grade healing laser. When you are finished, have a bonded wire retainer. Returning to the beginning is 98% in five years with out a wire retainer.

With crowded teeth, 60% of the problem is in the front teeth, not in the back. This means faster treatment time and more stability – less returning to the starting point when the braces are done.

Teeth trivia:

1. Class 2 bites many times have bowel problems.

2. Having long pointed canine teeth, protect the other teeth from the wear of clenching and grinding. This is critical for the function of the pelvis.

3. Large overbites, top teeth cover over the bottom teeth, stops up the venous drainage in the head.

4. A division 2 bite, when the two top central incisor teeth are tipped backwards, is a sign of a problem with the movement of the sphenoid bone.

5. When in braces, this reduces the flexibility of the knees.

6. Cross bites on only one side of the mouth, is the upper jaw tipped lower on one side.