It’s About More than a Beautiful Smile…
As Dr. Lauson discovered after years of practice as an orthodontist, the structure of the mandibular and maxillary jaw bones can affect how patients speech, sleep, breathe, and especially how straight adult teeth are when they erupt.
What's more, poor oral habits such as not swallowing correctly, thumb-sucking, and breathing through the mouth are not only symptoms of jaw issues, but also cause crooked teeth and poorly formed jaw structures. The forces of the tongue, cheeks, and lips combined with these poor oral habits can have a devastating effect on teeth positioning and jaw growth.
When the tongue rests in the correct position (at the roof of the mouth), the maxillary is allowed to develop as it should. If your tongue does not rest in the roof of your mouth, the top jaw and airway will become too narrow. This causes the teeth to not have enough room to grow straight and proper breathing techniques will also be compromised.
Poor oral habits (such as mouth-breathing) can cause a variety of symptoms, such as: