Airway Orthodontics in Gainesville & Chiefland, FL

Orthodontic Treatment Can Help You Breathe Freely

Dr. Bill Martin is one of the pioneers and recognized authorities in Airway Orthodontics in Gainesville and Chiefland, FL, and his goal is to provide you with an orthodontic outcome that does more than just give you a beautiful smile. With Airway Orthodontics — a subfield of orthodontic care that addresses the connection between orthodontic problems, facial structure abnormalities, and proper breathing — our experts strive to provide you or your child with a lifetime of healthy breathing.

What Is Airway Orthodontics?

While orthodontics is mainly thought of as an aesthetic treatment, airway orthodontics focuses on more than that. Airway Orthodontics addresses the relationship between the body’s adequate oxygen intake and how orthodontic treatment for the facial structure, mouth, jaws, and teeth can improve breathing.

Airway Orthodontics seeks to treat breathing obstruction caused by improper growth of the face, teeth, and jaws, and allow you to breathe in a way that optimally benefits your overall health. Obstructed breathing forces your body to compensate for limited oxygen levels, which negatively affects sleep, impedes growth, and causes behavioral problems.

The Way You Breathe Is Important

There is a wide spectrum between the states of “healthy breathing” and “not breathing.” It is possible to breathe in a way that optimally benefits your overall health; it is also possible to breathe in a way that harms your health by forcing your body to compensate for low oxygen levels.

If your body regularly struggles for proper oxygen levels, numerous long-lasting health problems can result, including increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. In younger children, chronic mouth breathing has been shown to change the shape of the developing face.

When You or Your Child Should See Our Orthodontist

If you or your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms, then we recommend an evaluation:

Symptoms in Toddlers & Children:

  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Bedwetting
  • Hyperactivity
  • ADHD
  • Chronic lethargy
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
  • Chronic nighttime restlessness, waking, or nightmares
  • Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep

Symptoms in Adolescents & Adults

  • Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
  • Chronic daytime sleepiness despite a full night’s sleep
  • Feeling unrested upon waking in the morning
  • Dozing off during activities in the daytime
  • Poor school or work performance
  • Obesity

During your initial exam and diagnosis, we will seek to answer the following questions:

  • Are there other reasons for restricted airflow aside from orthodontic problems?
  • Is there compensation for limited airflow? Are there habits, such as improper tongue placement, accelerated breathing, abnormal swallowing, or body posture?
  • Are the upper and lower jaws (or other components of the jaw) improperly formed, resulting in limited airflow?
  • Have these compensations influenced the shape, size, or position of the jaws, teeth, and face?

If Dr. Bill Martin identifies any issues that could be helped with orthodontic treatment, he will discuss his recommendations with you during your free initial consultation. Airway orthodontic treatment is most effective in young children before their facial structure has fully developed, but it can also help adults to a limited degree.

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Learn More About Airway Orthodontics in Gainesville & Chiefland, FL!

To experience our award-winning orthodontic care, schedule your FREE Martin Orthodontic Assessment today. Your comprehensive appointment includes a discussion of your goals and concerns, a complete oral exam, 3D x-rays, and a personalized treatment plan.

Schedule your appointment today by calling our Gainesville office at 352-371-3200 or our Chiefland office at 352-490-0900. To use our convenient online appointment request form, click here.

As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Gainesville & Chiefland, FL, our doctors and team at Martin Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Jonesville, FL & the surrounding areas.