Airway-Friendly Orthodontic Treatment Planning


In 2017, the ADA adopted a policy mandating that all dentists be able to diagnose and treat airway and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) disorders in both adults and children. To read more about this policy, click here. StraightSmile Solutions® believes that careful evaluation and treatment planning regarding the airway is the best practice for excellent patient care and risk management.

Airway orthodontics seeks to discover the underlying cause of crooked teeth by evaluating obstructed breathing patterns and the position of the jaw, tongue, and teeth.StraightSmile Solutions®maintain that all orthodontic treatment plans should facilitate a healthy airway, proper downward and forward growth and development of the jaws, and the proper width of the palate and maxilla. Our treatment plan philosophy, AirwayDontics™, supports non-extraction and non-headgear treatment plans. AirwayDontics™ treatment plan support is offered exclusively to our Concierge Doctors.

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Our new My Phase 1 Smile® service, helps educate dentists about best practices for each potential Phase 1 patient and recommends a customized series of appliances to correctly improve all the objectives for Phase 1 Treatment, including:

  • Growth and development
  • Airway, oral-habit elimination
  • Anterior teeth alignment
  • Arch development

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AtStraightSmile Solutions®, we recommend treatment begin as soon as poor facial growth or lack of proper arch development is noticeable. In fact, the moment damage from bad habits has been discovered, it is important to begin airway and Phase 1 orthodontics immediately. Signs and symptoms that indicate the need for Phase 1 include:

  • The inability to easily breathe through the nose day and night
  • The inability to hold lips together as a natural habit
  • The inability to rest the tongue on the palate
  • The inability to swallow without the aid of facial muscles
  • The presence of crowding or lack of spacing in primary dentition
  • Maxillary arch constriction or a high palate
  • Signs of overbite, overjet, or negative overjet
  • Lack of arch coordination
  • Lack of arch development
  • Dark circles under eyes and forward head posture

What Does Treatment Involve?

We work closely with our clients to monitor their patients in developing habit-forming breathing, eating, and sleeping practices. We work to correct facial changes using dentofacial orthopedic techniques.

Our team is familiar with all airway-friendly orthodontic systems on the market, both adult and pediatric, and how to begin screening your youngest patients – as young as age 2 – in order to direct growth and development favorably. Helping the jaws grow forward, and not just wider is the main objective.

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