How Orthodontics Improves Airways

Airway Orthodontics Helps You Breathe

Your airway passage is directly associated with your unique dental structure and orthodontic condition. How well you breathe and sleep, and your ability to focus on daily tasks are related to the state of your airway. These issues may indicate you have a sleep apnea disorder.

One solution to treat this condition is airway orthodontics. A trained orthodontist, like Dr. Davidson, can improve your breathing by expanding the airway and allowing more oxygen flow. Adults who undergo orthodontic treatment to treat obstructed airways typically have a better quality of life.

What is Airway Orthodontics?

This branch of orthodontics uses brackets, wires, and other appliances to correct oral conditions caused by a restricted airway. Conditions that may need treatment include: 

  • A narrow palate
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned jaw joints

Patients who snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea may have one or more of these conditions. But it can be improved with orthodontic treatment.

How Does An Orthodontist Improve Airways?

Dr. Davidson will create a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs. However, treatment often includes various modalities to achieve the best results. Some examples of treatment options include:

  • Expanding the upper arch and lower jaw
  • Moving the mandible forward
  • Straightening your teeth
  • Laser treatment on the soft palate
  • Custom oral appliances

If you have a CPAP machine, you’ll continue wearing it throughout your treatment, as necessary. 

Explore Orthodontics and Breathe Better

Your path to better breathing while you sleep begins with a consultation with Dr. Davidson. Not only will you get a great looking smile, but by manipulating the positioning of your jaw and teeth, you’ll get less restricted airwaves and a great night sleep. We will answer your questions and provide treatment, ensuring you get the best results. Schedule a free orthodontic consultation today at our Beavercreek or West Chester office.