Airway Focused Orthodontics
Airway focused orthodontics is a complex practice philosophy where we look at the entirety of your health - not just your teeth.
There is a substantial amount of scientific evidence that there are no genes for crooked teeth. Our bodies are reacting to stressors caused by our modern diets, our lifestyles, and how we function and breathe. Crooked teeth are indicators that there are deeper issues that our brain and body are trying to manage…and many times this leads back to our airway!
If we look past just straightening teeth and figure out why they are crowded to begin with, we are able to provide a treatment that not only treats the symptom (crooked or crowded teeth) but the problem (often inappropriate function). If we can address the way our growth is progressing early it can affect the development of the face and jaws drastically.
These functional shifts that we see contribute to crowded teeth may be happening to help us get better air, such as mouth breathing. Mouths are for speaking and eating, not breathing, and using the mouth to breathe negatively affects the way our jaws develop and our teeth align. By restoring function not only in our ability to chew but in the way we breathe we will naturally help the teeth to find better alignment. This is the difference with airway orthodontics and why Dr. Gooding practices orthodontia that preserves the airway and helps create the best health and function for life. Through thorough diagnosis, orthopedic expansion, myofunctional therapy and orthodontics we can help deliver your most beautiful and HEALTHIEST smile.