WHAT IS FACIAL GROWTH DENTISTRY?
Facial growth dentistry is a dental specialty concerned with the teeth, jaw, jaw joints, facial muscles, airway and how your face has developed or is developing.
When facial growth has been interrupted, your genetic code (DNA) is not fully expressed. This interruption in growth is caused by pollution, diet and poor oral behaviors such as extended thumb sucking.
When growth is interrupted, it means your face and jaws do not develop to their full potential. When your jaws do not meet their full potential, your upper jaw could be too small, your bottom jaw could be too small, or either one of your jaws could be set too far back.
While these things don’t necessarily sound like a big deal, when you think about the bite conditions they cause — things like overbites, underbites and crossbites; jaw problems like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD); sleep apnea; and chronic illness — you can see that they’re very serious and should be treated as soon as possible.
What Can Affect Face and Jaw Growth?
Environmental factors like we mentioned above can affect jaw and facial growth, but there are three other things that can negatively affect how your face and jaw grow, too.
- Lip seal
- Proper tongue posture
- Nasal breathing
These factors are known as “The Big Three.” Read more about them and their impact here.