What Is Airway Orthodontics?

For many adults and children, trouble breathing can be caused by orthodontic concerns and lead to additional health issues such as sleep apnea. Oftentimes, that manifests as snoring, waking up out of breath, extreme fatigue and drowsiness, and other very serious—possibly even life-threatening—symptoms. Some individuals may benefit from orthodontic treatments that can help improve not only the function of their bite and their smile aesthetics, but also their overall well-being. 

Airway orthodontics goes beyond just correcting orthodontic issues such as crowding, gaps, and misalignment. The treatment is designed to address health problems that affect your breathing and sleeping with advanced orthodontic techniques and appliances. For many individuals, orthodontic options such as traditional metal braces and palate expanders can help reduce airway blockage from occurring. For children, preventive measures can be taken to hinder the development of airway obstructions. Orthodontic treatments can also help correct issues like teeth grinding and clenching, which can contribute to sleep apnea in children. For adults, expanding the upper/lower arch or jaw and modifying the jawbone can help widen the nasal passage to increase airflow. Additionally, altering the position of a patient’s jaw can change where the tongue sits, ultimately affecting how a patient is able to breathe.  

If you or a loved one is experiencing breathing problems, or possibly even sleep apnea, and are considering treatment with an oral or orthodontic appliance, it’s important to find a qualified orthodontist who can meet with you for a thorough consultation to assess your teeth and bite. This can ultimately produce a precise diagnosis in terms of any orthodontic conditions which may be contributing to the problem and a customized treatment plan can be developed. At Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates, board-certified orthodontist Kenneth Banasiak, DMD is experienced in a wide range of treatments and techniques that can help many patients address breathing issues that may be caused by an orthodontic concern. Dr. Banasiak is extensively trained in proven orthodontic appliance therapy that has helped many patients reduce symptoms caused by airway obstructions. 

To learn more about airway orthodontics, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Banasiak.