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Orthodontics

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“Straight teeth” is what most people think of orthodontic treatment but crooked teeth are just a symptom of a bodily imbalance that appears in the jaw. And fixed brackets are simply symptomatic treatments.

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An orthodontist looks at the position of the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw, the head and vertebrae of the neck and spine as well as the hips and legs.

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Any imbalance here may be causing problems with breathing, snoring and sleep apnoea, post nasal drip and even seemingly unrelated conditions such as bed wetting, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Immune Deficiency Syndrome and problems with the eyes and ears.

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It is important to start (holistic/functional) treatment at an early age to work with teeth and jaw as they develop. This way you provide the opportunity for a gentle approach to work in conjunction with the whole body.

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Functional Orthodontics helps to eliminate blockages, loosen rigidity, straighten up what is bent and transforms disharmony into harmony. It also helps to open up the respiratory airways, straighten the spine and increase of blood flow and activation of lymphatic drainage.

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Every treatment is a partnership between the orthodontist and the child/parent; each has a specific and important role to play during the treatment program.

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The role of the orthodontist is to correctly define the problem and to achieve the desired result using as little force as possible.  The child and the parent then need to work together to wear the braces and perform the recommended exercises.

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To make orthodontic treatment a success it is useful to support it with other therapies such as Lymphatic drainage, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Myofunctional therapy (to overcome improper tongue movements), Magnetic field therapy (to stimulate the growth of bone), Homeopathy and sometimes even Psychotherapy has proven beneficial.

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http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/dental-health-advice-from-the-experts.aspx

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How Breathing Can Affect Your Dental Health

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Chapter  24

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How Your Breathing Patterns can Affect Your Dental Health

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If you think that breathing has nothing to do with your oral health, you’re in for a pleasant surprise because the way you breathe has an impact on everything you do.

Most problems with breathing are caused by your environment rather than your genetic makeup which means that you can repair these problems.

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If you cannot breath properly you cannot think properly.

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Breathing problems also affect sleeping patterns.

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The problem snorer’s face is that when they sleep, their body is resting and regenerating and therefore needs sufficient supply of oxygen, but with snoring the supply of oxygen is reduced, impacting that rest and regeneration.

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Sleep apnoea is when your breathing stops for a few seconds which can be extremely dangerous and occasionally fatal if not addressed correctly.

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