- Airway Orthodontics
- Why Walker Orthodontics?
- Areas We Serve
- Harvard, MA
- Lunenburg, MA
- Leominster, MA
- Fitchburg, MA
Our core philosophy at the heart of Walker Orthodontics is that quality orthodontic treatment means that your child’s overall health is our #1 priority. Dr. Walker’s treatment approach first considers if a child’s oral habits may be adversely impacting the body’s important breathing mechanisms. He often finds that most parents are not even aware that this is happening, especially if interrupted breathing occurs during sleep.
At Walker Orthodontics, our goal is to give you a bright new smile, but also to address any breathing issues that significantly impact orthodontic treatment. This focus on possible airway disorders is also referred to as Airway Orthodontics.
As Director of Airway Courses at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Walker incorporates his years of expertise in this oral health specialty as part of his comprehensive orthodontic treatment approach.
Airway Orthodontics is a relatively new medical subfield that studies the established link between optimal breathing and long-term health benefits. Certain oral habits and breathing obstructions can force your body to compensate for lower oxygen levels. Research shows that the body’s continuous struggle for adequate oxygen over an extended period of time can mean an increased risk for numerous health problems.
As a pioneer in Airway Orthodontics, Dr. Walker has studied the effects that breathing and oral habits have on a child’s developing jaw – and, conversely, the significant effect that a child’s facial shape has on improper breathing. He has extensive specialized training to guide the proper growth and development of your child’s jaw and face – long before the need for braces. In fact, our goal for early treatment is to help your child to actually avoid the need for future braces.
This is why Airway orthodontic treatment is most effective in young children before their facial structures have fully developed by around age 12. Walker Orthodontics focuses on improving your child’s breathing mechanics, muscle function, arch development, and tongue posture, and how they relate to snoring, sleep apnea, and other airway disorders. Achieving your child’s optimal facial development leads to a healthier smile AND a better quality of life.
If your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms, then we recommend an evaluation with Dr. Walker or Dr. Neely…
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The first step is to schedule your 100% complimentary Walker Orthodontics Smile Assessment. We use an in-office iCAT – scanning technology that constructs a high resonance 3D image of your child’s nose, mouth, and throat tissues – to diagnose structural abnormalities, issues related to improper breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, and other airway disorders. The iCAT diagnostic results often explain why your child is not sleeping well, is tired all day, has a constant runny nose or frequent ear infections, or even has trouble in school.
We are often able to achieve significant improvements in young children by using minimally invasive methods, such as a “pre-braces” appliance called a myobrace. In fact, after just a few weeks into treatment, we often hear from parents that teachers have already noticed improved behavior, classroom attention and enhanced scholastic performance in their child.