Few weeks ago I was approached by one of my readers that needs some help collecting more stories of people that under went bad orthodontics as a child that caused jaw growth restriction. He is developing a Class Action against orthodontic college and association to ban the practice of cervical headgear or other practices with intention to limit the growth of the jaws.
When the upper jaw fails to grow to its proper size, the tongue runs out of space in the mouth and has no where to go so it gets shoved back down into the throat.
Sleep Apnea is a condition in which the tongue falls down into the throat and momentarily stops your breathing while asleep. Many people that snore could test positive for this condition although they may not be aware, worse sufferer’s of this condition could wake up many times in the night gasping for air.
This is very stressful for the heart and one wakes up tired and restless, suffering from chronic fatigue and issues of staying awake through many events of their day.
Although I got retractive braces when I was 18, that made my condition worse. Some people were taken to orthodontists when they were much younger during critical years of development and were prescribed growth restrictive methods such as cervical headgear with the intention of restricting growth. (for example the upper jaw)
This is a sad treatment, done out of misdiagnosis and misunderstanding of the patient’s condition.
The three children above, just by looking at the profile it is obvious that they do not need headgear to pull their jaws back as the near vertical plane of mandible and weak chin appearance already indicate that their jaws are too far back.