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Orthodontic surgery, airway dimensions and breathing patterns

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryYou might be tempted to think that your teeth only play an aesthetic function, it is true, but they are also responsible for the articulation of consonants through airflow obstruction. Orthodontic aligners and other fixed appliances affect speech in the following ways.

Airway dimensions and breathing patterns

There is a significant relationship between respiratory functions and dentofacial structures. Sleep apnea is one of the effects of constricted airways. Correction of skeletal and dental problems can help to cure such conditions. Orthodontia aims at correcting the dental-facial aesthetics and achieving normal oral function, jaw relationship, and occlusal contact of teeth. Initially, orthodontists treated the function and the form of teeth in children and adults optimizing life. However, this procedure was based on teeth, and the airway was ignored. The nasal airway requires adequate anatomical dimensions for the pharyngeal airspace to work perfectly.

Patients with nasal breathing problems might have pathway issues. Our dentists can help you eradicate such respiratory obstructions with proper surgery. Diagnosis and treatment are done at the hospital during frequent dental checkups and necessary treatments are administered. This can help boost the stability and functional balance in the orthodontic treatments that might have brought up such issues.

Benefits of airway orthodontics

[[H2: Prevention]]]It helps in preventing excess facial growth, sleep apnea, and crooked teeth. These issues may bring about speech impairment. For instance, try pronouncing the letter "S." You will realize that there has to be contact with your teeth, that is everything about the articulation of consonants.


During checkups, the doctors do not only look for the causes of defects but also treat them effectively. During the opening of the airways, the head posture might be affected. Orthodontics helps in addressing such issues.


Integrative treatments like tongue posture are covered in these treatments. Issues with eating, breathing, body posture, airways, and sleeping problems are also addressed. We create a beautiful smile, more interesting, we also balance the facial looks creating a more attractive face. Make that call today, for treatment or consultation purposes.

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