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0.6 Jaw surgery – Is it becoming more frequent?

See YouTube video here Estimates of the number of British children and young adults receiving orthognathic surgery have varied widely over the last twenty years. Previously it was thought to be less than 1000 a year but in 1999 a survey suggested that 7% of a consultant Orthodontist’s workload was related to Orthognathic treatment. In […]

0.4 The Tongue – What part does it play?

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see YouTube video here The Tongue: What Part does it Play? It is hard to comprehend the full difference between the correct and incorrect action/posture of the tongue. The teeth are resistant to short-term force during biting or swallowing but they are very sensitive to light long-term force/posture, including the touch of the tongue. If […]

0.5 Can orthodontics damage faces?

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see YouTube video here The big majority of orthodontics in Britain is carried out with fixed appliances which achieve excellent alignment of the teeth but several scientific papers have suggested the possibility of adverse facial changes (Battagel 1996). I think orthodontists are embarrassed about this but believe that by avoiding discussing the subject, the public […]

Early Treatment Options ages infant to 6

Early Treatment Options ages infant to 6 Hands-on seminar hosted Spring 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI partnered with AAGO Presented by Wyland Gibbs, DDS, MS & Karen O’ Rourke, DDS   Why Early Treatment Options? • Redirect improper facial growth • Enhance airways and improve health • Gain self-worth and confidence   Before   Dr. […]

Dsmile Body Balance Training

Dsmile Body Balance Training A new perspective in craniofacial functional medicine Have you ever wondered how you can make your therapy more effective? Have you experienced that orofacial myofunctional imbalance prevented your treatment progress? Would you like to improve your succes rate?Prepare yourself for the new paradigm in medicine. Prepare your practice for the new area in […]

Oral Posture and Faces

“Close your mouth, Michael, we are not a codfish”, Marry Poppins 1964 There is an old wives tale in most cultures that run something like this; “Shut your mouth or the wind will change and it will set like that”. Like many old wives’ tails, there is a strong suggestion that within it is an […]

Facial Shape and Sleep Apnoea

Within this site are several well-supported texts discussing how external influences in the modern environment are leading to a lengthening of the anterior facial skeleton. This is well illustrated if you compare the tracing of a primitive skull shape with a modern average such as is used by orthodontists when they are planning treatment (see […]