Nutritional Approach to Orthodontics
By improving nutrition, this girl was able to have a more developed face. After one year of improved nutrition, which included the addition of fat-soluble vitamins from food, the teeth, that were overlapping in the girl seen, now have spaces between them.
The words from Weston Price DDS.
The problem as to whether this growth process is latent and how long it may remain so is a very important one. My clinical studies have accordingly been directed to ascertain to what extent changes may be made by reinforcing the dietaries of the individuals with suitable fat-soluble activators and natural foods rich in minerals, particularly phosphorus. The results have been most gratifying and encouraging. A typical case is shown in Fig. 10. In the view to the left the girl was ten years and nine months of age and in the view to the right she was eleven years and eight months. The lack of development of the middle third of the face was that the upper lateral incisors were occluding inside the lower cuspids at the time the first picture was taken. Under a reinforced diet the middle third of the face has grown forward to the position shown on the right, in which the lateral incisors are one-eighth of an inch outside the lower incisors.
What About Fat-Soluble Vitamins in the Diet?
In simple terms, in one year's time under a reinforced diet program high in fat-soluble vitamins, the girl achieved about 1/2 an inch in width of her maxilla (upper palate).
Please note that there are two types of children. Some children have a good "template." That means that their bones are formed in a way that on a good diet, their palate, head, face, and bone structure will expand. Such is the case for this girl described by Dr. Price. Other types of children have a template that is blocked. With children who have a blocked template, it will be difficult or impossible to achieve a maximum width of the dental arch, even with an amazing, rich, nutrient dense diet. It could be how they digest food. Or it could be the template they were born with.
There is a way to change the template. That is by using a wire appliance to widen the dental arch. This should be done with great care and only by an experienced orthopedic dentist or orthodontist.
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