Causes of Malocclusion
A majority of today's children suffer from malocclusion, otherwise known as crooked teeth. Scientists have traditionally viewed malocclusion as resulting from genetic factors, but recent developments have thrown this view into question - leading to treatments that are both more effective as well as less intrusive.
Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (known as incorrect myofunctional habits) are the real causes of malocclusion; in addition to common factors like allergies, asthma, and open mouth posture.
Limitations of Orthodontics
Traditional orthodontic treatment is often delayed until a child is around 12 years old, after all of their adult teeth have grown in. Unfortunately, by this time most children have already developed poor myofunctional habits. While braces may be effective at forcing teeth into straighter alignment, it is important to recognize the well documented disadvantages of traditional orthodontics.
First, the traditional orthodontic approach fails to treat the underlying causes of malocclusion, as mentioned above. Orthodontic cases are further limited by the risks inherently involved; namely root and enamel damage. Furthermore, a substantial amount of orthodontic cases lead to relapse, a frightening statistic considering the cost of orthodontic treatment. Effective orthodontic treatment traditionally requires wearing of a retainer for life, even after the removal of braces or other fixed appliances. In many cases, even fixed retainers are incapable of preventing occlusial relapse.
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