Dr. Rix treats children, teens, and adults. Treatment methods and appliances include braces (self-ligating metal or clear), clear aligner therapy (such as Invisalign), expanders, retainers, removable functional appliances (Myobrace, ALF), orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), breathing therapy, and accelerated orthodontic technologies (Acceledent, Propel).
Dr. Rix feels that it is important to identify the causes of orthodontic problems and correct these causes along with the orthodontic problems in the interests of stability, effective treatment and related health issues. Dr. Rix understands that environmental influences are a significant cause of orthodontics problems either directly or through mouth breathing or the development of an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD).
There is growing evidence that mouth breathing and orofacial myofunctional disorders such as abnormal tongue posture, tongue thrust swallow, or thumb sucking are significant causes of orthodontic problems. Dr. Rix frequently uses a removable functional appliance (Myobrace) along with orofacial myofunctional therapies and breathing therapies in his treatments.
All patients are screened or evaluated for sleep disorders, breathing disorders, airway issues, speech issues, poor oral habits, tongue tie, orofacial myofunctional disorders, posture, joint and facial pain issues, eating issues, and more. Orthodontic treatment often requires working collaboratively with additional health professionals such as the: family dentist, ENT (otolaryngologist), sleep physician, oral surgeon, periodontist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, cranio osteopath, allergist, speech language pathologist, neurologist, dietician, breathing therapist, or orofacial myofunctional therapist (oral myologist).
As more orthodontists expand their scope of treatment to address the connection to broader oral and whole health issues, a number of new descriptions of orthodontics have evolved including “airway orthodontics”, “expansion orthodontics”, “functional orthodontics”, “myofunctional orthodontics”, and “integrative orthodontics”. This can be confusing as none of these categories are widely acknowledged or well defined. As a “specialist in orthodontics”, Dr. Rix has evaluated these orthodontic categories and has incorporated aspects of these orthodontic categories that he feels will benefit his patients.