How Does DNA Appliance Work?
The DNA appliance is a fairly new orthodontic treatment that has the dental field buzzing with excitement. It is slowly changing how we think of smile improvements by using an incredibly effective approach to correct issues like misalignment, TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. The appliance applies the principles of Epigenetic Orthodontics to activate our naturally occurring genes to fix issues of underdevelopment in the craniofacial region in a natural and painless manner. So, while the initials DNA may lead you into thinking that there is a form of gene transfer or artificial genes used in the treatment, that is not exactly accurate. The appliance only manipulates you already existing genes and the initials actually stand for Daytime-Nighttime Appliance.
What Exactly is a DNA Appliance?
It is an adjustable and easy to use oral appliance that is worn by both adults and children to help develop the dental arches. It looks just like a regular orthodontic retainer and is just as comfortable to wear. But unlike regular oral appliances, the DNA appliance provides a holistic solution by permanently changing the structure of the airways and the jaws instead of just moving the jaw forward. It helps achieve optimal re-alignment of the jaw as well as the alignment of the airways by remodeling the jaw to an optimal state which in turn improves respiratory functions and prevents sleep apnea and snoring.
How Does it Work?
Dr.Dave Dorroh,DDS in Tomball recommends use of the DNA appliance for patients with underdeveloped dental arches. This is often caused by a number of environmental factors such as thumb-sucking, prolonged use of the pacifier and baby bottle, mouth breathing, adenoids, enlarged tonsils or even having a very soft diet. The effect of these issues mostly manifests as crooked or crowded teeth. The dental arch fails to grow to its genetic potential leaving inadequate room for teeth. Therefore, when Teeth erupt, they are either rotated or overlap each other causing misalignment.
In some cases, the underdeveloped arch also affects the natural growth of the lower jaw causing it to be in a retruded position. A retruded jaw further causes complications with the TMJ and the airways as well as interfere with your facial structure. The nasal airways may become constricted and make you develop sleep breathing disorders like sleep apnea.
So, to permanently correct all the above effects, your doctor might suggest you get a DNA sleep appliance in Tomball, TX. The device works by widening the upper arch which consequently increases the size of the nasal airways too. As the upper arch expands, the lower jaw gradually moves forward and into a more natural position. The tongue and soft tissues are also stretched as the lower jaw moves forward, increasing the airway path. In the end, your jaws are aligned, facial structure improves, breathing ability improves and you get relief from TMJ complications.
Upon visiting your nearest dentist in Tomball, the DNA appliance is customized to meet your needs and fit the unique structure of your mouth. It is then worn just like a retainer and it will slowly be guiding the teeth, jaws, facial bones and airways into a healthier position.
The appliance should be worn for at least 10-12 hours every day. Most people prefer to wear it at night, although it is okay to use it any time of the day. After every week or two, with the direction of your doctor, the appliance is slightly expanded. The expansion gently stretches the jaw bones outward and this combined with the tongue pressure on the springs of the appliance cause a surge in bone cell activity and eventual growth in jaw volume. It is also necessary to see the dentist after every 6 to 8 weeks for an evaluation and to have the bite on the night guard adjusted. The complete treatment takes between 6 to 24 months depending on the severity of your condition.
If you are in the surrounding areas of Spring, Hufsmith, The Woodlands, Tomball Town Center, Vintage Park 77070 or Magnolia, visit Dave K. Dorroh DDS., P.A., Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about the DNA appliance and its benefits.