Orthodontics are not only for crooked teeth
When sleep shortages keep you from being productive during the day, an orthodontic solution may be considered.
Because jaw growth is a gradual process, your upper and lower jaws may develop at different rates. This can directly affect yourbreathing and in turn, contribute to a sleep deficiency. Aside from a mismatched jaw due to conflicting growth rates, the teeth and jaw positioning could have also been affected by an injury or it could have been a birth defect – gone undetected. Additionally, a deep overbite or buck teeth could indicate a sleep apnea problem.
You may potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment through re-positioning and/or re-alignment of your jaw. This is typically achieved by expanding the upper and lower jaw and then widening your breathing airway. Broadening narrow arches and opening an overclosed bite makes more room for your tongue and opens up your airways.
In children and young adults, palate widening orthodontic appliances create more breathing room in the nasal passages, making it easier to breath through the nose.
What results should I expect?
Orthodontics can help change the pattern of the teeth and bite.
The objective of an orthodontic treatment is to correct of a variety of facial and jaw irregularities, with the result an improved ability to breathe and thus, sleep. This can be achieved both with or without surgery depending how seriously the jaw placement is out of alignment.