“Proper Airway development depends upon good jaw and facial growth. Equally jaw and facial development depends upon good airway growth.” (Enlow DH, Hans MG. Essentials of Facial Growth. 1996)
“Proper Jaw development is the most critical factor influencing whether a malocclusion (a bite bite) develops.” (Ahlin JH. Maxillofacial Orthopedics: A Clinical Approach for the Growing Chlild. 1984)
Keeping in mind that the discipline of orthopedics focuses on skeletal development within all age groups, from children to adults, Dr. Soordhar strives to address dental, facial, cranial and skeletal structural imbalances among individuals of all profiles.
Factors such as mouth-breathing, thumb sucking and ENT problems can impact normal growth progressions as a baby develops into an infant. Baby molars and first permanent molars locate and lock into skeletal structures in their early phases of development as they erupt. Monitoring the dental interface at this stage is essential as they make contact, regardless of the upper and lower jaw sizes and positions.
Dr. Soordhar examines baby and infant dental developments from a variety of angles to assess each individual’s bony discrepancies:
Analyzing the radiograph displays the growth pattern, actual size and position of the facial bones to a single reference point (the anterior cranial base).
Orthodontic examination can begin once the teeth sort out and contribute to the skeletal balance.
Assessing the facial structure can reveal a number of skeletal discrepancies ranging from minor anomalies to significantly problematic abnormalities:
Without early attention, these abnormalities can, in turn, eventually lead to:
Dr. E Kondo (Orthodontic Specialist) has stated, “Many patients … have malocclusions (bite problems) induced or aggravated by mouth breathing or functional abnormalities of the tongue, perioral (lips/cheeks/facial), masticatory (jaw chewing) and/or neck muscles. In these patients, restoration of muscle function and establishment of nasal respiration can enhance the effect of mechanotherapy (braces & orthopedic appliances) to reduce the need for orthognathic (jaw) surgery and extraction and allow for occlusal (bite) improvement, long-term occlusal (bite) stability and esthetic improvement without imposing physical or psychological burden on the patient.”