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Orthodontics
connects whole health

Do you or your child… Snore, have poor, restless sleep? Have trouble breathing through the nose? Have an open mouth when watching a screen? Have trouble swallowing pills? Have troubles with the texture of tomatoes, onions or mushrooms? Chew with an open mouth or eat noisily? If yes….then you might have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder…WE CAN HELP!

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Orthodontics
is more than straight teeth

Orthodontic treatment should provide a well fitting, functional and stable bite as well as a pleasing smile. The teeth should be nicely aligned, but attention should also be given to providing a pleasing profile, facial symmetry, well supported lips, a relaxed facial expression, and pain free facial muscles and jaw joints. Orthodontic treatment can improve related health issues such as compromised airways and breathing, poor sleep, eating issues, speech problems, and facial or joint pain.

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Healthy smiles
early in life

When a child’s jaws and teeth are not developing normally, interceptive orthodontic treatment around the ages of 6 to 10 years is important. Correcting the growth and development at this early age can eliminate or greatly simplify later treatment. Poor facial growth can be caused by allergies, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, mouth breathing, or orofacial myofunctional disorders such as tongue thrust or thumb sucking which can be corrected at an early age.

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Meet Dr. Rix

Dr. Rix has been creating beautiful smiles as a specialist in orthodontics since 1999. He believes that the treatment of orthodontic problems should include identifying and eliminating the cause of the problem. The causes of orthodontic problems are frequently environmental influences that result in mouth breathing or orofacial myofunctional disorders. Improving his patient’s health issues that are related to orthodontic development and treatment is a passionate interest for Dr. Rix.

Welcome to Rix Orthodontics

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.