Holistic Orthodontics
Creating stunning smiles AND improved health!

Approaching orthodontics differently. Correcting the bad bite by addressing the underlying cause in addition to straightening the smile.

Holistic orthodontics, also known as integrative orthodontics, incorporates a comprehensive approach by coordinating efforts with various healthcare professionals, such as one's family dentist, pediatrician, orofacial myofunctional therapist (OMT), chiropractor, craniosacral therapist, and speech-language pathologist. This collaborative approach aspires to accomplish more than merely aligning the teeth; it seeks to enhance your facial harmony, creating a captivating smile and promoting your overall well-being.

What Makes Dr. Murphy's Approach Unique

Traditional Orthodontics

  • Waits until child is older to treat
  • Views crooked teeth as the primary concern
  • Extractions may be part of treatment
  • Recommends lifetime wear of retainers
  • Views teeth grinding as a:
    - Behavior child will grow out of
    - Habit adults will treat with a mouthguard
  • Does not view tongue, lip, or buccal restrictions (TOTs) as part of the treatment plan
Holistic Orthodontics
  • Interceptive can start treatment younger
  • Treats with a holistic approach to health and wellness
  • Views problems as a symptom  of an underlying cause
  • Avoids extraction of teeth
  • Achieves facial harmony retain teeth in proper position
  • Improves child’s growth &  development of teeth, jaws, and airway
  • Promotes nasal breathing: no more mouth breathing, snoring, teeth grinding
  • Collaborates with a network of healthcare experts to optimize outcomes. (e.g. Speech pathologists/OMT/PT/OT/ND/DC)

What is Facial Harmony?

Facial harmony means the smile is not just about the teeth but the entire face. The mindset has changed from looking at orthodontics as a problem with just the teeth, to orthodontics as a benefit to the patient’s full growth and development potential. Treating holistically and intercepting the problems to maximize the benefits.

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