Though we all want healthy, straight teeth, most of us experience inadequate orofacial development, resulting in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD).
This is often due to environmental habits we practice as infants—such as bottle feeding and an early diet of soft foods—that alter our muscle tone, as well as the development of our face and teeth. In fact, when our upper jaw (e.g. maxilla) and lower jaw (e.g. mandible) do not reach their full potential, the end result can range from overcrowded teeth, V-shape lower arch formation, square box-shaped arches, or a combination of each.
In addition to crowded teeth, the position of the oral cavity will ultimately determine how resilient our airways are against airway obstructions that emerge during the aging process.