Specialty & Airway-Centric Orthodontics Treatments in Austin, TX

Comprehensive Treatment for Your Best Smile

A common misconception of orthodontic treatment is that it treats a problem that is primarily aesthetic. Without question, the confidence that comes from straight teeth and a beautiful smile can benefit you throughout your life. Orthodontics is about more than looks, however. When a child’s facial structures are guided properly, there can be lasting positive effects on the way they breathe. As an orthodontist experienced in specialty and Airway-Centric Orthodontics in Austin, TX, Dr. Seth Briggs strives to provide orthodontic treatment that does more than straighten teeth – he seeks to provide your child with a lifetime of healthy breathing.

Why Is the Way You Breathe Important?

You already know breathing is important, of course. It’s a fundamental function of life! What many people don’t recognize, however, is the wide spectrum between the states of “breathing” and “not breathing.” It is possible to breathe in a way that optimally benefits your overall health. On the other hand, it is also possible to breathe in a way that forces your body to compensate for limited oxygen levels.

If your child regularly struggles to achieve proper oxygen levels, especially while sleeping, numerous long-lasting health and development problems can result.

When Should You or Your Child See An Orthodontist Focused on Airway Health?

If you or your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms, then we recommend an evaluation with Dr. Briggs:

Symptoms in Toddlers & Children

  •     Hyperactivity
  •     ADHD
  •     Chronic lethargy
  •     Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
  •     Rapid shallow breathing
  •     Bedwetting
  •     Chronic nighttime restlessness, waking, or nightmares
  •     Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep

Symptoms in Adolescents & Adults

  •     Chronic daytime sleepiness despite a full night’s sleep
  •     Feeling unrested upon waking in the morning
  •     Dozing off easily during activities in the daytime
  •     Poor school or work performance
  •     Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
  •     Obesity

What Is Airway-Centric Orthodontics?

Airway-Centric orthodontics seeks to address the underlying causes of obstructed breathing, so you or your child can enjoy a lifetime of optimum breathing and improved overall health. During your initial exam and diagnosis with Dr. Briggs, he will seek to answer the following questions:

  • Have the improper formation of the maxilla, mandible, or other components of the jaw and airway resulted in limited airflow during breathing?
  • Are there other reasons for restricted airflow that are better addressed by another medical specialist (Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) physician, myofunctional therapist, etc.)
  • Has the patient had to compensate for limited airflow while breathing? Has this resulted in improper habits, abnormal facial growth patterns, poor tongue placement, or body posture?
  • Have these compensations and/or genetic factors influenced the shape, size, or position of the jaw and face?

If Dr. Briggs identifies any issues that could be helped with orthodontic treatment, he will discuss his recommendations with you during your initial consultation. Airway-Centric Orthodontic treatment is most effective in young children while their facial structures are fully developed, but adults can also be helped in some limited cases.

Learn More About Specialty & Airway-Centric Orthodontics Treatments in Austin, TX

To experience our 5-star-rated orthodontic care, schedule your Complimentary Dr. Briggs Foundational Assessment today by calling 512-331-7900 or by clicking here to use our convenient online request form. This assessment covers:

  • Discuss Your Goals
  • Thorough Examination
  • Digital X-Rays & Images
  • Custom Treatment Plan
  • Get Started The Same Day If Dr. Briggs Says You're Ready!

We will take the time to explore your unique needs and answer your questions prior to recommending the next steps. We always provide a straightforward plan with a consultative approach to help you feel comfortable and ready to proceed with treatment. We look forward to meeting you!

As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Austin, TX, our orthodontist and team at Austin Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Leander, Hutto & Pflugerville, TX & the surrounding areas.