Do You Need a Wider Arch?

Posted on 11/10/2016 by Dr. Lovrovich
A young boy suffering from crowded teeth!

Are your teeth crowded, or have you noticed that your child’s teeth seem to be too close together? The problem could be the result of a narrow arch, either on the upper or lower jaw.

What many people don’t realize is that arch width can cause other problems, such as breathing issues.

Mouth breathers typically avoid breathing through their noses because of narrow passages resulting from a constricted upper arch, and in adulthood, complications like sleep apnea could result. Obviously, a wider arch is more desirable, but just how can you get it if you are plagued by a narrow arch?

There are actually several orthodontic options that can help to widen an arch, and they can work for both kids and adults:

  • Traditional orthodontics. There are several orthodontic options available to help to widen an arch, including arch expanders, palate spreaders, and even traditional metal braces. These appliances are put into place for an extended period of time, and since they are fixed to your teeth, they are a good option for younger people, as they can’t be lost.
  • Invisalign. Adults who are interested in a discreet way to straighten their teeth and expand their arch may prefer Invisalign, as this option is removable and easy to use.
  • DNA appliance system. This method was developed to address specific issues involving arch development, and it can be used with any patient.
  • If you are considering an investment in your arch, it is important to remember that a narrow arch doesn’t just cause an unattractive smile – it can also cause medical and oral health problems.

    By improving your arch, you’ll experience better breathing and healthier teeth, as you’ll be able to clean them more easily when they are properly spaced. If you think that you might have an arch problem, be sure to contact our office today to set up an appointment.

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