Integrative Orthodontics for Children and Adults
Integrative Orthodontics Is a complex practice philosophy where we look at the entirety of your health - not just your teeth. Sometimes referred to as “airway focused” orthodontics, we take it a step further.
A growing mountain of scientific evidence says 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. These adaptive responses have a genetic component to them, which is why families still share similar appearances. Crooked teeth and misaligned jaws are signs of significant issues that our brain and bodies are attempting to cope with. If we evaluate and address the negative changes in the way our faces (and ourselves as a whole) are developing, we can restore balance and eliminate deficiencies in the way our faces grow, the way our airways develop, and also allow teeth to align in the most ideal manner. That is some of what Integrative Orthodontics (IO) is about.
We also understand how important the protection of our airway is in the way we function. These functional shifts to make sure we can breathe as much as possible may be negatively affecting the way our jaws develop if they are inappropriate (as in mouth breathing). This is why Dr. Gooding focuses not only on helping our patients to have a beautiful smile but does orthodontics that preserve the airway and help create the best health and function for life. Through thorough diagnosis, orthopedic expansion, myofunctional therapy and orthodontics we can help deliver your best and HEALTHIEST smile.