I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
Most orthodontics deals solely with the teeth, how they fit in the mouth, and how the bite aligns. However, when it comes to epigenetic orthodontics, it goes a step further. Instead of just focusing on the teeth, epigenetics tends to mostly focus on the face as a whole and how the mouth and jaw fit into the face. The difference is that epigenetics tends to focus on changing the shape of the bones of the face.
Even though epigenetics tends to focus on the face and the bones of the face, most changes aren't truly artificial ones. The goal is to use the natural growth and development of the bones in order to make the changes. While this tends to be more successful in children, since their bones are still changing and moving, it can still work in adults and help to treat many health issues. So, what are some of the health conditions that epigenetic orthodontics can treat?
The jaw in a person's face is supposed to meet at a particular spot and at a particular angle. When that doesn't happen, or when the lower bones of the jaw aren't quite where they should be, the jaw becomes misaligned. This can cause a lot of problems as well as a lot of pain. That pain can include strain headaches as well as just general head pain. The orthodontist can use various treatments in order to move the mandible around so that it is back where it should be and so that the person dealing with a misaligned jaw can stop being in pain. In a child, especially a young child, that can help to get the bones of the face growing the way that they should've. In an adult, it may slightly change the way that they look, but not dramatically so.
TMJ is another jaw problem. In this case, it affects the joints where the mandible connects with the rest of the skull. The joint will pop and crack and the person who has TMJ will have problems with opening their mouth widely or chewing. It can also cause a problem with strain headaches.
Epigenetic orthodontics will help to fix any problems with a person's teeth, but that's not all that it can do. It does that by looking at all the bones in the face and how those can be worked with in order to get the necessary changes.