Facial Symmetry: More than Just Appearance

When it comes to children’s oral and facial growth, most parents have at least some idea of the importance of alignment. Proper alignment and symmetry are necessary for your child’s teeth and jaws to work properly, and to avoid serious bite issues in the future. However, symmetry and alignment are vital for much more than just bite function. For example, asymmetrical facial structures can lead to improper growth of nasal and airway structures, which can lead to uneven facial appearance as well as increased risks of breathing and sleep disorders.

How Facial Growth Affects Children’s Health

During early childhood, a child’s mouth and facial structures rely on each other for proper development. If the develops an anomaly that makes one side shorter than the other, then your child’s teeth will also be misaligned, as well as the airway and other facial structures. In many cases, the result can be seen in asymmetrical facial features, such as a “lopsided” grin or a nose that doesn’t seem to sit straight. In others, it can lead to chronic breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea – a condition that can cause your child to repeatedly stop breathing while asleep.

The Long-Term Value of Orthotropics Treatment

Much like orthodontic treatment, the benefits of orthotropics are many, including a more even and attractive facial appearance. In addition, the correction of facial growth also ensures the proper development of oral and mouth tissues and the airway, reducing the risks of developing sleep breathing disorders in the future.

Learn About Orthotropics and Facial Symmetry

Asymmetry in certain facial structures can lead to a host of dental and overall health issues for children. To learn how orthotropics can help correct those issues, schedule a consultation by calling the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400. We also proudly serve patients who live in Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and all surrounding communities.