Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth-The New Orthodontics by S. Kent Lauson DDS, MS Orthodontist is a wonderful book which explains viable alternatives to complex dental surgical procedures which can be both costly and painful. The traditional orthodontic approaches in the United States are the employment of braces with much less emphasis on removable treatment appliances used predominantly in Europe.
Viable alternatives to the traditional approaches include Functional Facial Orthopedics (FF0) which involve the application of gentle pressure to reshape facial structures or to reposition them to improve the health or overall appearance of the individual. FFO corrects bone structures that are narrow or underdeveloped by expanding or enlarging them to harmonize the rest of the face. S. Kent Lauson explains spinal implications in Orthodontics.
The second type of correction is to reposition bone structures by moving the lower jaw forward. While the upper jaw is being expanded, the lower jaw can come forward on its own as it is no longer trapped behind the upper teeth. The need for the extraction of permanent teeth is virtually eliminated in FFO. In addition, a deviated septum may be corrected by expanding the upper jaw. A two-way saggital appliance , like the Schwartz device, widens the upper jaw and creates added bone structure.
Bad habits can create destructive pressure and engineering shear on the teeth and supporting structures. Examples of bad habits are nail biting, chewing on erasers, pushing the tongue against the front or back teeth and tearing food instead of using a fork and knife to cut it into smaller pieces.
Working the abdominal muscles can aid in preventing the forward collapse of the spinal column with the accompanying pressure on the whole facial mask. This preventive strategy is not emphasized by S. Kent Lauson. Strong abdominals provide a wall of muscle to oppose a collapsing spine thereby keeping it in place and reducing pressure on the facial mask.
Megatrends in orthodontics include Invisalign, the Cone Beam X-ray Machine to view facial structures in 3D and Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD) to move teeth. There is an extensive Appendix and Glossary to amplify important technical terms and jargon in the art of Orthodontics. The presentation is readable and aimed at readers who have little or no knowledge of Orthodontics.Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth-The New Orthodontics by S. Kent Lauson DDS, MS Orthodontics is an important treatise on the latest orthodontic research. No parent or educator should be without this book.
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