Airway Centered Orthodontics is a technique to straighten the teeth and jaw in a manner that opens the airways to enhance breathing and prevent airway issues.
In traditional orthodontics, the use of headgear appliances and the extraction of permanent teeth can both narrow and limit the airway.
Dr. Igel’s philosophy is to start treatment early (evaluating children by age 7) to enlarge the palate, which allows room for adult teeth and optimal jaw growth, thus sustaining the best airway possible. Early treatment is critical because it fixes airway problems that can have a negative effect on jaw growth and also could prevent sleep apnea.
To learn more, schedule a free orthodontic consultation today.