I strongly believe that improper breathing is a major contributory factor for the orthodontic problems I see. If this cause is not addressed the success of the orthodontic treatment will be limited and the chance of relapse (treatment failure) is very high. Unfortunately, the traditional approach of waiting for all adult teeth to be present before placing braces, and ignoring the underlying cause, means that the treatment required is normally far more invasive. If I had my way I would have corrective breathing therapy compulsory for all school-age children.
Nicholas Anderson BDS
Alpers Dental, Newmarket, Auckland