While under our orthodontic care, we want to ensure you are getting the most out of your treatment. To do so, we will do a profile and posture evaluation. These evaluations ensure you will have the most beautiful, healthy smile possible.
Your profile is the view of your face and head when viewed from the side. Orthodontists are taught to evaluate a patient’s profile before beginning treatment, as the moving of teeth will change the appearance of your profile. For example, if the teeth are positioned too far forward during treatment, you will not be able to close your lips easily. If you must force your lips together, the chin muscle contracts and the chin is flattened. Evaluating a patient’s profile could also reveal concerns such as improper lip posture or head positioning, or facial asymmetries.
Orthodontists also consider the profile changes as you age and the importance of being able to keep your lips closed when breathing, chewing food, or resting. Concerns you have about your profile will be discussed before beginning your orthodontic care. We also want to ensure that the profile is well-balanced after treatment as well.
You probably know having good posture has an impact on your back and neck, but did you know that good posture is important for your oral health as well? Proper posture can prevent issues that arise with your teeth, jaw, and even airway.
Bad habits with posture often develop in children. Doing activities such as being on electronic devices and playing video games are often when children are slouching. When slouching, the lower jaw is pushed forward and the skull sits back on the spinal column. This can lead to a misaligned bite. This causes stress on the jaw over time. It can also cause inflammation and damage to teeth.
Slouching while having dental appliances to correct your bite can cause your treatment to not be as effective. Good posture not only helps you have improved dental health but helps the body in a variety of other ways affecting the muscles as well.
Our orthodontists can work with you to evaluate your posture and recommended exercises to improve it and maximize your orthodontic treatment and oral health.