NeuroCranial Restructuring® UK
Image courtesy of Dr Bill Hang, www.facefocused.com
Now consider these 2 sets of identical twins. In each case one twin was treated with traditional extraction orthodontics and had retraction appliances to pull the upper jaw back and the other twin had expansion functional orthodontics to create sufficient space for all the teeth using either removeable appliances or Biobloc orthotropics.
Orthodontics is a specialism within dentistry. Translated from the Greek, "ortho" means straight and "dont" means tooth. Most people are refered by their general dentist to the orthodontist at age 11 or 12 for a consultation. Many people today present with a less than ideal bite or malocclusion ranging from the most common condition of overcrowding to more severe issues diagnosed as open, closed or cross bites. Most treatment lasts up to 5 years, often involves the extraction of permanent teeth, fixed brackets (train tracks) and archwires or removeable appliances. The patient then has to permanently retain the teeth for the rest of their life to prevent relapse.
Most people are happy with the results of their treatment. However conventional orthodontics is a double edged sword for many people. They complete their treatment and are left with straight teeth but have a wonky head, collapsed facial structure and chronic pain issues. This is because the conventional approach is purely mechanistic. They align teeth to often undersized jaws by extracting permanent teeth to make room and don't consider the position of the jaws in relation to the rest of the skull. Conventional orthodontics routinely ignores the functional aspects of the skull bones and how they move rhythmically and is primarily concerned with straight anterior teeth.
This patient below had 4 bicuspid teeth extracted as a teenager. Notice how flat her cheekbones are on the image on the left and how weak her profile is. She was suffering from low energy and chronic headaches as a direct result of poor mechanical orthodontics. She was retreated by Dr Bill Hang DDS in California. He reopened her extraction sites, replaced the missing teeth that should never have been removed in the first place and brought her upper and lower jaws forward into their correct anatomical position. Notice how fuller and more attractive her profile is now, see how she now has a stronger jawline and more support for her eyes. The colour has returned to her cheeks and her headaches have disappeared.
The whole profession has lost sight of its intended goals. The goal of any orthodontic treatment should be to develop undersized jaws to allow room for all 32 teeth, maintain sufficient airway space, obtain a full, attractive face and establish a balanced cranial sacral system. This is the goal of functional orthodontics. They aim to achieve attractive smiles without extracting permanent teeth and leave the patient in a functional state of health. This can be achieved using removeable appliances such as the Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) developed by Darrick Nordstrom DDS in California or by utilising Biobloc orthotropics developed by Prof John Mew BDS in London, England. Both systems reject the need for extracting teeth and aim to develop both jaws to accomodate all 32 teeth, achieving beautifully symmetrical faces, healthy balanced skulls, sufficient airway space and leave the patient pain free. Both systems reject the conventional approach of starting treatment at 11 or 12 in favour of earlier intervention, ideally at the age of 6.
Consider this patient that was told by a conventional orthodontist that she would need 4 healthy teeth extracting to correct her crowding. Fortunately this patient rejected this approach and pursued ALF orthopaedic and orthodontic work and achieved a beautiful, stable result with no pain issues. This case was completed by Gerald Smith DDS in Pennsylvania, USA.
In each case the twin on the left of the picture was treated with conventional extraction orthodontics and the twin on the right received some form of functional therapy that increased growth and development of the jaws. Notice how longer, narrower and flatter the face of the twin on the left is compared to the twin on the right who has a wider, broader and fuller face in each case. These are only examples of how the facial aesthetics are altered by poor, mechanical orthodontics. These facial changes are often associated with headaches, TMJ pain, neck and low back pain and lower self esteem.
NCR® treatment compliments functional orthodontic or orthopaedic work beautifully. As the functional orthodontist aims to develop both the jaws to accommodate all the teeth and bring the upper jaw up and forward the NCR® therapist can speed up this process by releasing any tension patterns within the sutures of the skull including the face and jaws, eliminate any duress in the connective tissues within the head reducing any risk of headaches, neck pain or back pain and ensure that your functional orthopaedic treatment progresses quickly, easily and leaves you with the best aesthetic and functional result.
Please remember conventional orthodontic treatment is an archaic practice based on a lack of understanding of basic human anatomy and stems from an erroneous view that malocclusions are genetic in origin and can only be corrected with extractions and surgeries. The truth is that the cause is environmental and the solution is to correct abberant growth patterns using functional appliances. Please consider all the options carefully for yourself or your children when embarking on orthodontic treatment. Many practitioners will leave you with straight teeth minus 4 healthy ones but a whole lot of pain and health issues.
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