Transform Your Smile and Health: The Holistic Approach of Physiologic Orthodontics by Dr. Shauna Palmer in Kelowna


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In the evolving world of dentistry, orthodontics with a physiologic approach is gaining attention for its comprehensive benefits, especially for patients experiencing chronic pain and discomfort not typically associated with dental issues. This innovative method, championed by Dr. Shauna Palmer at Health & Beauty Dentistry in (West) Kelowna, focuses on correcting imbalances in the craniofacial structure by addressing foundational aspects of oral health. But what makes this approach stand out, and why is it gaining such acclaim?

Understanding the Physiologic Approach

Traditional orthodontics often focuses on aligning teeth without considering the patient’s overall physiological health. In contrast, physiologic orthodontics begins with what’s termed the “big three”: nasal breathing, lip seal, and proper tongue posture. These elements are crucial during jaw growth and development. When any of these factors are compromised, it can lead to disharmonies and imbalances within the craniofacial structure, affecting not just oral health but overall physical well-being.


The Connection Between Oral Health and Physical Symptoms

Patients suffering from headaches, migraines, clenching, grinding, facial and jaw joint pain, as well as back, neck, and cervical pain, may find their conditions are exacerbated or even caused by issues within their craniofacial structure. Symptoms like “locked jaw,” ear pain, hearing loss, eye and sinus pain, restricted mouth opening, and vertigo can also be linked to these imbalances. Traditional treatments may not always address the root cause of these symptoms, leading to a cycle of temporary relief without lasting solutions.

How Physiologic Orthodontics Works

Physiologic orthodontics, as practiced by Dr. Shauna Palmer, involves a technique known as jaw remodelling orthodontics. This method aims to correct the disharmonies that occur when the “big three” are interrupted during growth. Common issues include an underdeveloped upper jaw, a small lower jaw, or jaws that are misaligned, leading to underbites, overbites, crossbites and crowding of teeth.

The approach focuses on developing or remodeling the upper jaw to its proper size, thereby allowing the lower jaw to align into a natural, physiologically comfortable bite position. This not only addresses the cosmetic and functional aspects of orthodontics but also ensures the entire craniofacial structure is balanced and functioning correctly.

The Difference Physiologic Orthodontics Makes

The key difference between traditional and physiologic orthodontics lies in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the patient. Physiologic orthodontics looks beyond the teeth and considers the entire craniofacial structure and its function. This holistic approach can alleviate a wide range of symptoms by addressing the root cause of the imbalance, rather than merely treating the symptoms or focusing solely on the aesthetic alignment of the teeth.

Why Choose Dr. Shauna Palmer in Kelowna for Orthodontics ?

Dr. Shauna Palmer at Health & Beauty Dentistry in (West) Kelowna is passionate about implementing this innovative approach to orthodontics. Her expertise in physiologic orthodontics allows her to provide patients with not just a more attractive smile, but a solution to chronic pain and discomfort that may have been plaguing them for years. By focusing on the “big three” and ensuring the proper development of the jaw, Dr. Palmer can offer a path to lasting relief and improved overall health.

Health and Beauty Dentistry, You Deserve Both!

Orthodontics with a physiologic approach offers a groundbreaking solution for individuals suffering from a range of symptoms linked to craniofacial imbalances. This method’s emphasis on the foundational aspects of oral health – the “big three” – allows for a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses dental, cosmetic, and physiological health.

If you’re in Kelowna or surrounding communities and looking for a holistic approach to orthodontics that goes beyond traditional methods, Dr. Shauna Palmer at Health & Beauty Dentistry is your go-to dentist. Experience the difference physiologic orthodontics can make in your life, and discover a pathway to enhanced health and beauty, inside and out.

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