Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or hereditary factors.

Dr. Merrily Sandford and her team know the symptoms of mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing, thumb sucking, and open mouth posture are attributed to incorrect jaw development. They know patients need safe and easy Low Force Technology that grows bone for their needed development.

Orthodontists don’t normally talk about how rapid palate expanders (RPE) slowly break the bone of the upper mouth. That would scare their patients, who are usually adolescents. But it’s true. A rapid palatal expander slowly separates the bone and cartilage in the upper jaw in order to make the mouth bigger.

The reason orthodontists do this is to help the growth of a young person’s natural growth, so they don’t end up with a bad bite (aka malocclusion). It sounds terrifying, but it’s done gradually enough that it’s tolerable.

Dr. Merrily Sandford and her team will address the root cause and they treat their patients by developing, guiding and straightening their teeth into the position that nature intended. She provides an orthodontic solution by treating her patients with an appliance that has low force technology that actually grows bone!

Functional Airway Orthodontics with slow forces for children at an early age can be a valuable asset in correcting current orthodontic problems as well as preventing future malocclusion. Holding teeth straight while the fibers develop around them, keeps the correction and resists relapse! Treating these problems at such an early age provides beautiful smiles, stronger self-confidence and results that will last a lifetime.