How Orthodontics Uses Epigenetics
To some extent, all orthodontics are epigenetic. By applying consistent pressure, orthodontic approaches like Invisalign encourage the body to remove bone from one side of a tooth and build it up on the other. This allows your teeth to move.
Epigenetic orthodontics in Boston uses the same principles; it just applies them on a larger scale with different goals. Instead of just reshaping bone around a few teeth, the goal is to reshape bone throughout the jaw and the skull. That’s why many people call epigenetic orthodontics “full-face orthodontics.”
Reshaping bone on a larger scale is how epigenetic orthodontics can achieve its far-reaching outcomes. Reshaping the jaws helps them work together better to reduce the underlying conditions that lead to TMJ.
In addition, the size and shape of your jaw influence the size and shape of your airway. Expanding the jaw structures can expand your airway so that you breathe better. You might notice better breathing during the day but also at night. An expanded airway can reduce the severity of sleep apnea. One study of an epigenetic approach to sleep apnea showed that more than one in four people treated were fully cured, and more than 80% saw an improvement by at least one category (for example, severe sleep apnea to moderate or moderate to mild).
These benefits are real, and they have the potential to be permanent. We’ve seen it in our office firsthand. We encourage you to visit our before and after gallery to check out the experiences of Catherine, Quinlin, and other real patients who have seen real benefits from epigenetic orthodontics.