What is this all About?
The majority of modern humans have improperly developed skulls and crooked spines. There has been a massive change in the skeletal form of modern humans compared to those living 10,000 years ago, and these negative changes are getting worse with time. We need to prevent this in children, and find ways to fix it in adults
What is bad development?
Crowded jaws without enough room for all teeth to grow in correctly. Overbites and Underbites. Constricted/compromised airways that lead to constricted breath, mouth breathing, fatigue, sleep apnea, snoring, stuffed nose, poor cervical posture, dry mouth/lips. TMJ issues. Sunken and asymmetrical faces with poor definition, under eye circles, eyesight deterioration, double chins, crooked noses, gummy or hidden smiles. Compressed and twisted spine and pelvis, muscle imbalances and restrictions across the body. Overstimulated nervous system, particularly the V2 and V3 Trigeminal nerve, causing mental and physical issues. Constricted Skull/Spine/Pelvis which interfere with nervous system/brain activity and negatively affect hormonal profile. Inner ear problems. Constricted body movement, aches and pains, crowded toes, back pain, scoliosis, different leg heights.
What Promotes bad development?
Complicated and Assisted Births, Trauma, Bottle Feeding, Allergies/Illness, Mouth Breathing, Poor Posture, Sedentary lifestyle, Open Lips, Soft Diet, Lack of critical nutrition components.
What is Good Development?
Jaws large enough to comfortably fit all wisdom teeth with no teeth crowding. Large airways that allow effortless nasal breathing, filling up the entire lung and preventing snoring. No TMJ issues. Wide and forward developed maxilla and mandible that give the face robust attractive qualities such as supported eyes, prominent cheekbones, brow ridges, and sharp jawlines. Healthy decompressed spines and excellent muscle tone across the entire body. Good hormonal profiles from glands which are not hindered by improper bone growth or muscle tightness. Better brain function from proper development and breathing of the cranium. Relaxed nervous system function as no nerves are being compressed/overstimulated.
What Promotes good development?
Complication-free births, Breastfeeding, Nasal Breathing, Muscle Posture, Lip Seal, Tougher Diet, Nutrition, Cranial adjustment.
Common Non-Invasive Methods of Correction
- Orthotropics / Mewing
- Myofunctional Therapy
- Neuromuscular (Gneuromuscular) dentistry
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Hard Surface Sleeping/Sitting
- NeuroCranial Restructuring
- The Alexandre Method
- The Gockale Method
- Anatomy Trains
- Advanced Biostructural Correction
- McKenzie Chin Tuck
Common Correction Devices
- FAGGA / CD Advancer and Controlled Arch Braces (LVI, Gelella et al.)
- Biobloc Appliance (Mews)
- DNA Appliance (Dr. Singh)
- ALF Appliance (Dr. Nordstrom)
- Palate Expander
- Facemask Therapy
- Splint Therapy
- Starecta Rectifier Splint Therapy
- Posture Pump
- Barefoot Shoes
- CPAP Machines (symptom reducing)
Common Surgical Procedures
- Surgical Palate Expansion
- Lefort Osteotomy
- Turbinate Reduction
What is Best for Growing Children?
Preparation should be undertaken to prepare mothers for birth, using natural postures and calm mental state to prevent torsion of the body or skull during the birthing process. Infants should be seen by a physician specializing in alignment of Cranial Bones (Osteopaths, Craniosacral Therapists) to identify and possibly remedy misaligned skull bones. Breastfeeding will trigger correct muscle recruitment, and set the stage for drinking, chewing, and breathing patterns which allow proper growth. Research indicates that a natural breastfeeding habit extends into the 5th and 6th years of life.
Children should be given a wide variety of foods that help develop the mastication (chewing) muscles. Research indicates that hard foods that can be chewed should be introduced earlier than typically done, and the child should routinely experience all types of mastication – nuts are bitten differently to lettuce, which is chewed differently than bread. A wide variety of different textures and hardness in the food will develop the jaws and train the muscle. The children should also experience a wide variety of physical activity, including barefoot, to strengthen and naturally help align the body.
As Children grow, their breathing patterns and posture should be monitored for the following: Mouth Breathing, Shallow Breathing, Poor Sleep, Forward Head Posture, Rounded Shoulders. These signs all indicate that the airway has been compromised; The head leans back to open the airway wider, incorrect muscles are recruited for breathing, the body is more stressed, and the spine will twist and bend to balance the improperly shaped skull and incorrectly used muscles.
Seeking the help of a professional in growth guidance is best, correction at this stage is usually achieved with correction of posture, palate expansion, facemask therapy, and returning the child to diet and activity which promote healthy the development.
Can Adults have correction?
Many of the Growth sites and Sutures of a healthy skull never close, which always allows correction in the skull. The joints/articulations of skull bones are among the few in the body which never fully close, and contain stem cells in their growth sites throughout life. In general, the adult skeleton is fully replaced with new cells over a 10 year cycle, and areas receiving stimulus for remodeling will see faster changes. Wolff’s Law states that bone will remodel throughout life in accordance to the stimulus it receives. Adult palate expansion is definitely achievable, with many success cases. Full correction of the adult skeleton and skull to its genetic potential is being attempted.
What are the Aesthetic Benefits?
Healthy Development = Physical attractiveness
What is the difference between Palate Expansion and Skull Development?
The Palate is the bottom of the maxilla. The palate forms the roof of the mouth, floor of the nasal cavity, and the alveolar process where the teeth grow. Palate expansion may accomplish wider maxillary expansion, but its effects are largely concentrated in only the palate area. The cranium, midface, sinus cavities, cheekbones, sphenoid, and lower jaw do not see much skeletal change from appliance and/or surgically assisted palate expansion.
Should I get Crowded Teeth Removed?
The main cause of dental crowding and failed wisdom teeth eruption is lack of space in the jaws. The teeth grow from the alveolar process of the maxilla and mandible (upper and lower jaws), if jaws are underdeveloped the teeth will crowd and some teeth may not have enough space to erupt. Impacted teeth directly grow against another tooth, and can cause pain. Wisdom teeth at the most common to be impacted, and their growth/development can be expected to continue into adulthood. For children, the focus should always be to develop the jaws to the genetic potential of growth, which includes more than enough room for the wisdom teeth. In adults, extraction is not necessary unless impaction is causing pain or medical issues. There will be bone loss in the alveolar bone surrounding the removed teeth.
Do I need to wear my retainer?
There is always the risk that if you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth could return to their original position pre-braces, although that may not occur if you are able to correct the issues related to crooked teeth, such as lowered tongue posture and incorrect swallowing. But, it is hard to say definitively. However, permanent retainers however may be preferable to removable ones.
Mike Mew believes that one of the problems with removable retainers is that they cover your whole set of teeth, which will not let correct tongue posture widen the palate over time. So, if you have a narrow palate that you would like to widen, it would be impossible to do so with removable retainers. He says fixed retainers do not have that issue, as they only cover the front teeth, which aren’t affected. Palatal expanders only push against the molars and premolars. For this reason, fixed retainers may be superior.