Dr. Cohen utilizes functional appliances which can help correct and can often prevent: Bite problems, underdeveloped jaws, narrow arches, crowded teeth, deep overbites, jaw joint problems, airway problems and thumb-sucking habits. Not corrected, these can lead to headaches and neck pain, dizziness and fainting, earaches or ringing in the ears or clicking and locking jaws, or difficulty opening jaws.
Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well, leading to problems such as poor sleep habits. This can leave children prone to daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school and headaches. Mouth breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles.
Before and After
Crowded teeth are caused by narrow arches. Developing the arches at an early age may prevent or eliminate the crowding of permanent teeth and often eliminates the need to remove any adult teeth. Narrow jaws can confine the tongue and interfere with normal speech. Functional appliances help ensure proper growth and greatly enhance your child’s ability to speak normally.
A functional appliance may provide your child with improved appearance and speech. Dr. Cohen takes great pride in helping children to have the healthiest most beautiful smile possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with one of our Lakeside Family Dental team members.