Rather than just looking to place a patient’s malocclusion into Angle’s system of classifications, practitioners should be looking at the underlying causes of the crooked teeth and asking, “What are the causes of this malocclusion?”
More attention needs to be payed to role of the oral muscles and the effect mouth breathing can have on jaw development and the occlusion.
Properly identifying soft tissue dysfunction and correctly treating these problems allows for better myofunctional orthodontic treatment and more stable long term treatment outcomes.
Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Understanding Soft Tissue Dysfunction