Our 15 year old daughter was referred two years ago by our dentist to a leading orthodontist as we were told that failure to ‘straighten’ her teeth would result in future misalignment. We then allowed the removal of four perfectly healthy teeth, which I now feel was a mutilating procedure. She then wore headgear and braces designed to pull back her top jaw and teeth and now must wear retainers indefinitely to prevent the teeth from returning to their original position.
Conventional orthodontists remove teeth in the belief that they are overcrowded. The reality is that the upper jaw has failed to develop to its full width due to: lack of breastfeeding; consumption of refined foods which do not stimulate complete jaw development; and breathing through the mouth, rather than nose, due to allergies, nasal congestion and pollution. The jaw should be rounded and large enough to accommodate all the teeth. The vacuum pressure created in the mouth when breathing through the nose forces correct jaw development. However, conventional orthodontists attempt to force teeth to fit the incorrectly developed jaw, thus further compromising the situation and resulting in compression of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ.
Our daughter has been receiving osteopathy for neck and shoulder problems, and homeopathy for head aches. Her impaired hearing, we now realize, was due to jaw compression. We have now found an alternative dentist who practice ‘orthopedics’, rather than orthodontics, and who is going to reverse our daughter’s treatment and put her clicking jaw back into place. This dentist will also treat our son, who has an eyetooth which cannot descend, by simply encouraging his jaw to widen. The teeth will then naturally fall into their rightful places.
Children who receive this alternative approach do not require retainers as their treatment has been designed to work with, rather than against, nature. Statistics show that only 2 per cent of children actually have overcrowded teeth whereas, in this country, 75 per cent of children have extractions for overcrowding.