Airway Obstructions and Orthodontics

In this educational video, Buffalo Orthodontist Dr. Steven J. Hietanen explains how orthodontics can alleviate airway obstructions in patients. If you have questions about orthodontics and airway obstructions, contact us to schedule a free screening.

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  • First of all, we will look at a record and then try to see the nasal cavity. Furthermore, we will review the relative size of nasopharynx to the tonsils.
  • Blockages in the airway will contribute to a low tongue position.
  • Patients who cannot breathe through the nose will unfortunately become mouth breathers.
  • Keeping your tongue low creates a width in the upper jaw. So, when there is conic low tongue position, the width of the tongue narrows. It will not go back to its normal self unless an orthodontist fixes it.
  • The narrow upper jaw can decrease the width of the nasal cavity.
  • Surgery of tonsils and adenoids are only part of the battle along with orthodontics to get the most favorable outcome to the issue.
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