Facial growth guidance builds better faces in Dana Point
Posted by Dr. Mark Cruz
Spinal posture has a tremendous influence on a child’s overall development – the difference between growing up with an apathetic slouch, or standing tall and proud. Did you know that facial posture also impacts your child’s lifelong appearance? Early intervention with facial growth guidance fosters an attractive profile and straighter teeth and easier breathing.
ALF is an acronym for “advanced light functional wire.” ALF combines oral appliance therapy, lessons in proper facial posture, and sometimes permanent teeth straightening with orthodontics.
Characteristics of good oral posture include (when swallowing):
Tongue on the roof of the mouth.
Airway issues such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, chronic sinus problems, or allergies can cause a child to breathe through the mouth. Holding the mouth open results in vertical development – an elongated face with flat cheeks, protruding front teeth, and a prominent nose. ALF techniques encourage maximum natural airway function so that the face develops horizontally, with adequate room for the tongue.
Biobloc is an orthotropic appliance made of acrylic, with a wire that expands the upper arch of teeth. The appliance is removable and adjustable. It aids in learning healthy mouth posture, with guides that remind the child to use facial muscles to hold the lower jaw in position. Dr. Cruz generally recommends Biobloc oral appliance therapy for children aged ten or younger.
The role of Airway Focused Dentistry
Dr. Cruz is passionate about the benefits of ALF. He is a co-founder and Director of Airway Focused Dentistry. Through this mini-residency curriculum, other dental professionals are trained in airway concepts for healthier patients with appealing facial profiles.
Schedule a consultation at Mark A. Cruz DDS to learn more about facial growth guidance on young faces. Call his Dana Point, CA office at 949-661-1006.