Self-esteem is a hot topic and a major point of interest for Americans. Whether it be from social media influence, like the latest Instagram or Snapchat filter, or any of the other million reasons out there, people are becoming more self-conscious and dissatisfied with the way they look. Video conferencing now too has caused people to look twice, business professionals included. While most of those complaints aren’t based in reality, some may be the result of a physical underdevelopment issue.
What’s the Cause?
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is usually a pretty good sign of jaw underdevelopment, and this diagnosis can have a tremendous impact on the way you look. Your jaw establishes a lot of the structure of your face, after all. Surprisingly, having an underdeveloped jaw isn’t all that rare. It’s estimated that between 70-80% of children show signs of facial underdevelopment.
Breathing habits, allergies, and diet are all considered as causes for these developmental problems.
Processed foods, those riddled with refined sugars, and other “junk foods” are staples of the modern American diet. These foods are unnatural and don’t even remotely resemble the foods our ancestors ate. Some suggest this dietary shift as a contributing factor to the increase in food allergies and food-related inflammatory reactions. Food-related inflammatory reactions have been known to lead to nasal congestion, which leads to mouth-breathing and the potential for altered facial growth.
Effects on the Face
An underdeveloped jaw can affect the attractiveness of your face. It’s the foundation for nearly all of your other facial features.
- Crowded teeth: A fully developed, straight smile can significantly affect your face’s aesthetically pleasing qualities.
- Sunken cheekbones: High cheekbones are an important part of an appealing facial structure. This feature has also been linked to attractiveness. An underdeveloped jaw doesn’t provide the foundation for strong cheekbones that a fully developed one does.
- Dark circles under the eyes: An underdeveloped jaw can lead to smaller airways lowering the quality of sleep you receive. Insufficient sleep leads to physical signs like the notorious “bags under the eyes.”
Growth guidance safely and gently stimulates the jaw to grow allows the face to reach its true and full potential. This appliance makes room for crowded teeth and contributes to facial development, impacting the appearance of the eyes, nose, cheekbones, and jaw. The cervical spine can see increased stability as a result of using the growth appliance as well.
Schedule An Appointment Today With Dr. Konig
Interested in what face forward orthodontics can do for your look? Call Dr. Konig today at 713-668-2289 for a professional opinion on helping your face reach its full potential.