Orthodontics is often thought of as a way to improve the alignment and appearance of your teeth, but did you know that it can also benefit your respiratory health? Your orthodontist is specially trained to identify and treat a range of issues beyond just your teeth, including respiratory disorders like asthma and sleep apnea. In this post, Dr. Laurie McNamara McClatchey and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics provide valuable insights on how orthodontics fits into the treatment of respiratory disorders.
Asthma is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can have negative effects on your oral health, including decreased saliva production and an increased risk of tooth decay and cavities. Your orthodontist can help by adjusting your treatment plan to accommodate your asthma symptoms. By doing so, they can ensure that your orthodontic treatment doesn’t exacerbate your respiratory issues.
Sleep apnea is another disorder that can benefit from orthodontic treatment. In fact, orthodontists are often the first to identify signs of sleep apnea in patients during a routine exam. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your orthodontist can work with other specialists to create a treatment plan that addresses your breathing issues.
In addition to treating respiratory disorders, orthodontic treatment can also improve your overall facial appearance and breathing. By adjusting the position of your teeth and jaw, your orthodontist can create a more balanced facial profile that improves your breathing and speech.
Orthodontics is a valuable tool for addressing a wide range of issues beyond just the appearance of your teeth. If you suffer from asthma, sleep apnea, or other respiratory issues, consider speaking with your orthodontist to see how they can help improve your breathing and overall health.