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EpigeWHAT?!?!? Guiding Your Child’s Genetic Expression Through Holistic Orthodontics

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[info_box]Hey there! This is part two of my interview with Dr. Liao, an honorary board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and speaker at conferences hosted by the International College of Integrative Medicine, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Weston A. Price Foundation, and Holistic Moms’ Network, among others. For part one click here [/info_box]

Me: Wow, that sounds . . . . bad. I had terrible immune function as a child that lead to lethargy AND I am near-sighted. Not surprisingly, I have a narrow jaw. I’m hoping my kids facial structure will develop properly thanks to good nutrition and breastfeeding, but what if that doesn’t happen for some reason? I read on your website that a prolonged struggle in the birth canal can affect proper skull development. That describes my son’s birth pretty well. Factoring that with his tongue tie I’d say I’m pretty concerned. We’ve just begun cranio-sacral therapy to try to address these issues, but if there are lingering problems is there a way we can correct them? I’m thinking of bottle fed babies, too. Is orthodontics the solution?

Dr. Liao: A 28 y.o. man was referred to me by a patient for teeth grinding, “homeless” bite, overweight by 30 pounds, heel pain both feet, waking up tired, medically-diagnosed sleep apnea, C-PAP intolerance, and ED. His history included braces twice for a total of 7 years, and four teeth were extracted in high school. The spaces left by the extraction were closed with retraction orthodontics. So he now has straight teeth with a miserable body. The cause: reduced oral volume from extraction and retraction orthodontics. His tongue is now a 6 foot tiger in a 3 foot cage. His sleep test shows an average of 25 arousals per hour because his body is struggling with Code Blue to get more air past the tongue in his throat. That’s why he wakes up tired, and that’s also why he is putting on wads of fat around his belly. His body is experiencing stress alarms during sleep, and stocking up on fuel to deal with siege is exactly what survival calls for.

Me: So you’re saying that traditional orthodontics can do more harm than good?

Dr Liao: Traditional orthodontics does a lot of good when properly practiced. To avoid having a 10 foot polar bear hunting in a 6 foot igloo, however, you want expansion rather than extraction and retraction orthodontics. Typical orthodontists are well-trained in dental schools on how to line teeth up straight. I am a general dentist who champions the idea of a holistic mouth — one that is an asset rather than a liability to whole body health. This is not yet taught in dental schools. Dentists are trained to be good tooth mechanics and safe operators. But the mouth is more than teeth, as the case above illustrates. You need a mouth doctor just like you need a heart and brain doctor. The mouth is pivotal organ for overall health and natural wellness. Sleeping with the tongue partly or most in your throat is sure way to look and feel old fast. So my concerns go beyond just straight and white teeth. My concerns include:

  • Alignment of jaws and teeth with cranial (skull) bones and spine
  • Breathing without tongue blocking the airway
  • Circulation without dental and periodontal infections
  • Digestion without dental and environmental toxins

I am sure there are enlightened orthodontists who do the same for their patients. Holistic mouth care as a universally recognized health requirement is still like the New World before Columbus put it on the map, i.e. too new for most doctors who are satisfied with their professional education.

Me: Okay, I am sooooo close to hopping on a plane and bringing Micah to you right now for a consult. But, um, at 1.5 years old I’m guessing he wouldn’t be a very cooperative patient. Is there an ideal age to bring a child to someone like you?

Dr. Liao: Optimal dental-facial development has two parts: bone-to-bone orthopedic alignment, and teeth-to-teeth orthodontic alignment. Orthopedics refers to the relationship between cranial bones and jaw bones, and spine. The dental-facial skeleton has a set of rules on postural health and comfort, just like the spinal and pelvic skeleton. If the dental-facial skeleton is off balance or not symmetrical, some signs will show up. After age 12, adult teeth come through and locks in the existing orthopedic problems for life. Symptoms in head, neck, jaw sometimes do not show up until after age 20 when growth stops in milder cases, but will show up during growth years during severe cases. Mouth breathing from nasal obstruction is a critical factor for initiating dental crowding and orthodontic problems. So it is best to recognize and treat early while the bones are soft and easy to re-align:

Age 0-1

Evaluation by parents and a physician, be it medical, naturopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic or dental physician trained in recognized head-neck misalignment. Symptoms can include spit-up regularly after feeding, irritability, incessant crying through the night without let up. Also checkup on tongue tie.

Age 3-4

Valuation of developing baby teeth and bite by dentist. Best to bring child into dentist as a tag along when Mom or Dad is having teeth cleaned to show such visits are safe. Observe for mouth breathing, tongue tie, overbite, cavities, diet, dental hygiene, cross-bite, teeth grinding, finger sucking, frequent yawning during day, energy level, etc.

Age 5-7

Evaluation for arch width and facial asymmetry such as one eye higher, one ear more flared, one mouth corner higher, head tilt, forward neck, weak chin, flat feet, etc.

Age 7-9

Treatment of all orthopedic issues and allow teeth to come into jaws already in good orthopedic alignment with head and neck. Best practice is to correct mouth breathing, ensure full nasal breathing, and align head-jaws-neck orthopedics before age 10 when cranial-jaws-neck orthopedics drives the orthodontic relationship (how teeth come together). All too often, the mouth and the bite is left out of holistic care.

Palate Expander used in Dr. Liao's practice to promote orthopedic alignment

Top row: Before palate expander Bottom row: After palate expander

Me: Alrighty, Micah is seeing a cranio-sacral therapist to correct orthopedic misalignment due either to his birth or tongue tie so I think we’re right on track. But I want to do MORE! What steps can you recommend for mamas that want to be proactive in these early years?

Dr. Liao: Dr. Weston Price, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, found that the maxilla, the bone that forms the mid-face from the base of the eyes to the smile line of upper teeth, is susceptible to nutritional factors. I find that the maxilla is easily stunted development by mouth breathing from allergies and stuffy nose. Our bodies are taking more and more hits from environment and processed foods that can affect dental facial development. Just compare the faces of actors and actresses in the black & white era compared to today. Gone are the broad faces smiles of Gina Davis and Julia Roberts.

One reason is that our bodies are taking more and more hits from environment and processed foods that can affect dental facial development. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did a study (2005) that shows 10 cord blood samples across US has 297 chemicals in them, 180 of them carcinogenic, and 217 are toxic to brain and nervous systems. They are in our clothing, food packaging, and furnitures. So join EWG and the Weston A. Price Foundation to get educated and stay informed. EWG offers a lists of fruits and vegetables with highest pesticides and safe cosmetics list, while offers Shopping Guides and many educational materials and workshops.    

What can you do for your child as a parent? Breastfeeding and good nutrition are natural and important starts. Next, observe the child for the signs and symptoms listed above, they can take corrective steps under the guidance of like-minded health and dental professionals. Osteopathic and chiropractic physicians who do cranial work are invaluable resources. Ask them for dental referrals, and ask WHY. Look for WAPF and EWG members who are nutritionally conscious and offer educational information. For example, I will be speaking to Holistic Moms’ Network next month — another great resource for your readers.

For adults like you, look up Epigenetic Orthodontics, or go to the DNA appliance system website for information and referrals. DNA is a new orthopedic appliance that can restart the dental-facial development in adults that was blocked by mouth breathing and allergies during growth years. It has helped my patients stop snoring, widen narrow jaws, resolve neck and back pain, reduce facial creases, restore energy, and uplift mood.

Me: You bet I will! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us today, Dr. Liao. I learned a lot!

Do you have questiona for Dr. Liao?? Ask them in the comments for a follow-up Q&A post!

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57 Responses to EpigeWHAT?!?!? Guiding Your Child’s Genetic Expression Through Holistic Orthodontics

  1. Mali Korsten (The Korsten Chronicle) says:

    Such an interesting post – thanks Mommypotamus and Dr. Liao! My question is, what can one do to correct such problems later on in life? I am 22 and have terrible neck, back and shoulder pain which I believe stems from my jaw, which aches and clicks and always feels tense. I had dental overcrowding and underwent palate expansion as a teenager, but I feel my jaw wasn’t quite expanded enough as my mouth still feels crowded, I have a slight over-jet and my wisdom teeth have come through all wrong (upper two growing out towards my cheek, bottom two towards the other teeth). Is it too late to correct these problems, and if not what would you recommend?

  2. Wyndie Pereira Mileski via FB says:

    Oh my, we are right in the middle of my 12 year old son’s braces…and I am unhappy with his ortho’s recommendation to extract a bunch of teeth…I needed this article; thank you!

  3. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Sounds like it came at just the right time! So glad you found it helpful, Wyndie Pereira Mileski!

  4. Gittele says:

    I would love to know what treatment an adult can do to correct teeth grinding. I have never had a brace but grind my teeth terrible and it has caused me no end of issues. My teeth are being destroyed from it! What treatment would Dr Liao have a patient do?
    Thank you!
    Also is there a worldwide database of Dentists who practice like this? i am in the UK.

  5. Brianne says:

    I second the teeth grinding question. I’ve tried so many treatments (yoga, exercise, running, accupressure, essential oils) and mouth guards, and ultimately spent a lot of money. But none of it has been a permanent solution. My current mouth guard I have to wear every night. If I forget to put it in, I get migraines, damaged teeth and very tense jaw/neck/shoulder muscles, not to mention I wake up everyone else in the house. Doctors and dentists keep saying that the usual cause is stress, but I would not consider myself stressed at all (despite what they say, I think I would know). I feel like there has to be some underlying cause that no one is looking for!

    • Cheryl Jazzar says:

      Tooth grinding can be attributed to low magnesium, parasites and exposure to heavy metals such as mercury. Up to 90% of people have intestinal parasites and nearly as many have magneisum deficiency. “Silver fillings” are 49% mercury.

      • Michelle says:

        I have stopped ALL teeth grinding in my family of 5 with bone broth soup, cod liver oil, and butter oil. But after much research I know now that we were ALL magnesium deficient, the bone broth had the mag and the oils helped the bioavailability. My kids were grinding so badly they would wake me up from down the hall. And I had migraines from grinding. That ALL stopped after day 3 of 1 bone broth soup meal a day and 3 servings of CLO & HVBO each day. THANK GOD ! we have not looked back in 9 years now :)

    • Ken Yielding says:


      The find a certified provider page on the DNA appliance website will give you a list of the providers in the UK and a way for you to contact them.
      These are the ones from the UK.
      London, Dr. Sandra Garcia Martin
      Rochester, Dr. Michele Robinson

      Teeth grinding or bruxism can be a sign of a sleep disordered breathing issue (sleep apnea). Some people that brux while sleeping are trying to re-establish their collapsing airway. They wake up slightly after a apnea event, brux until the airway opens up, roll over and go back to sleep.

  6. cmh says:

    My question is where and how to find such practitioners. I have called everywhere in my state with no success, I found one holistic dentist however she would not take children.

  7. Mandy says:

    These are such great posts! Thank you so much! I do have a couple of questions….is there anything that can be done for adults to improve their alignment? I had a bionator (I think that was what it was called) as a child. It worked so well to correct a very severe overbite. However, I still have a very deep bite. I probably could have had it corrected as a child, but we moved away from the only dentist who addressed these issues. Also, my second little boy had tongue tie, and a very rough birth. Is there anything that I should be doing for him (he is 3 now)? He also has an overbite and a very deep bite. Is the bionator a good option when he gets older? It was such an easy and painless fix for me as a child, but I don’t know it is what is “best”. I don’t have any jaw problems, but I do notice that I have become more of a mouth breather as I have gotten older. I have also recently noticed that my head is definitely jutting out and causing headaches and neck aches. This is all so fascinating for me, and I have a ton of questions! I really need to dig deeper and research more. Mommypotamus, have you seen good results with the Cranial Sacral Therapy? My Dad was a Chiro, so I was regularly adjusted; however, it wasn’t enough to help my dental alignment. We do a WAPF diet, so I do feel like the butter oil and CLO are helping my son’s face/jaw develop, but I notice that his mouth is often slightly open or slack. Like most parents, I want to do the best thing possible for my kids….I just hope that I can find out what that is! I think that I might just need to make the drive and visit Dr. Liao!

    • Heather says:

      We have seen amazing results with cranio-sacral therapy. For example, the last time I took Micah in I mentioned that Micah pulls his head back when he nurses. He latches on and then arches himself into a position that is not comfortable for me. The doctor gave him a quick adjustment to address that and Micah does it about 80% less now than he did before. Yay!

    • Ken Yielding says:


      The DNA appliance has been used in children as young as 4 or 5 years old. Tongue tie should be evaluated by a DMD. Surgical revision and myofunctional therapy are sometimes needed. A tongue tie can inhibit growth of the mandible. If the tongue is unable to rest on the palate where it is supposed to be resting that would change the pressure in the oral cavity. Hence the open mouth posture. You need a professional opinion.

      You can find a myofunctional therapist or Certified Orofacial Myologist here listed by state:

      The comment of your head jutting forward could be your C-1, also called your Atlas, being misaligned. The front part of the cervical spine is the back of the upper airway. Sometimes in certain people the atlas is pushing out towards the persons airway. Unconsciously, you might be trying to open up that part of the restriction on your airway by jutting your head and neck forward trying to compensate. You would go to a Atlas Orthogonist Chiropractor to get an adjustment. You can find one here by state:

      • Mandy says:

        Thanks so much for all of the information! Since I posted, we have actually visited Dr. Liao, and we are going to be having tongue and lip ties taken care of. The other positive is that I have seen some development/widening of their palates and also some better jaw positioning in my middle son. I do think our WAPF style diet is helping at least some with that! But I definitely still want to have them monitored as they grow as an appliance might still be necessary. We have also looked into the myofunctional therapy. Unfortunately, we have no providers that are close to us. We may end up doing Skype sessions with a therapist for that. The same goes for the Atlas Chiro (which was suggested by Dr. Liao). Since my Dad is a chiro, although not trained in the Atlas technique, he has been working with m on that. Thanks again for all of the info and links!

        • Ken Yielding says:


          You are doing all of the right things.

          There are 3 keys to success with DNA appliance Therapy.

          First is getting the diagnosis correct. The parent company of the DNA appliance – BioModeling Solutions Inc offers a diagnostic service to the certified providers. This is a consultation type of academic second opinion to help guide the certified provider come to the best diagnosis and treatment plan. The certified provider takes the report and makes the final clinical decision.

          The second key to success is compliance to the treatment protocol. The provider will tell their patients to wear the appliance everyday from the afternoon after work or school and all night. You have to wear the appliance every day, 10 to 16 hours per day.

          The third key to success is getting the appliance adjusted by the certified provider on a regular basis. This normally is to bend the springs so that they maintain intimate contact with the teeth so that the transduction of the signal that is produced by the springs is consistently delivered. If the patient goes to long in between adjustments as the jaws are being redeveloped and the teeth will move away(and out of contact) from the springs. The development will stop since the signalling has ceased. Keep getting the appliance adjusted to maintain the signalling. It is kind of like a electrical circuit in that sense. Your genes have the developmental engine to cause the redevelopment, but the signalling (fuel for the engine) comes from the springs. The provider will also reduce the thickness of the palatal coverage as the maxilla widens and the roof of the mouth comes down and starts to flatten. The functional space in the mouth and the nasal passages will be increased over the time of treatment and it should allow for easier breathing while sleeping (this is how the DNA appliance addresses snoring and OSA in both children and adults).

          Follow the general guidelines above and you should be successful. Good Luck.

          • Mandy says:

            Thank you again for even more info! In your opinion, is the DNA appliance the “best” one? This may be a completely ignorant question as this answer may vary based on what type of problem the individual has. I have only done some preliminary research on appliances as Dr. Liao said to wait until my oldest son had certain teeth in before making a recommendation on an appliance. Also, it seems that the DNA practitioners are not always “holistic” dentists/orthodontists. I have a bit of fear of just going to a more “traditional” dentist/orthodontist as I want the best recommendation possible. Perhaps that is just my personal bias though, and again I really have not looked too deeply into this issue. Thanks so much for your help!

  8. Sharon says:

    Oh my gosh, this describes my 11 year old daughter. Though she was born by c/section and though she was breastfed for over 2 years, I did not know how to eat right during my pregnancy and she has a very small mouth. A year and half ago we had her tonsils and adenoids removed and her turbinates in her nose shaved due to breathing issues. NO change since the surgery. She is a very competitive athlete and her fatigue and breathing issues are a still a struggle. I wish we had never done the surgery and until now I had no idea of what to do. Diet changes have not helped (WAP and GAPS). I think this is the answer. The website lists a doctor two hours away. I want to know if this treatment is then followed by standard orthodontia?

    • Ken Yielding says:

      A conebeam CT would be the easiest way to find the restriction and address the underlying problem.
      You should check back on the certified provider webpage because there are new DNA appliance Certified providers each month. You can use a DNA appliance to redevelop the upper airway using a process called Pneumopedics (non-surgical upper airway remodeling).
      DNA appliance therapy is a foundational correction to the underlying bone it will create more functional space in both the mouth and the nasal sinus. When you widen the maxilla you are also widening the floor of the nasal sinus. Bigger the chamber/pipe to breathe through the easier it will be to breathe.

  9. Trish says:

    I’m curious about pacifiers/binkies. Is there research or evidence suggesting whether they are helpful/harmful? I’ve used one with my son because he really always wants it. When he was younger I gave it to him because I wanted him to breathe through his nose instead of through his mouth. So with all the talk about nose breathing, I’m just curious about your opinion on binkies/pacifiers.

  10. Beka says:

    What does one do to correct mouth breathing in kids? I feel this is part of the reason for my son’s tooth decay because he doesn’t close his mouth for saliva to do its job.

  11. A. B. says:

    I second the pacifier question – I know that the children who were photographed by Price had perfect teeth and probably were nursed ’til they were three or four, but pacifiers are probably different than real nipples. I’d love to hear a professional opinion!

    • Ken Yielding says:

      Trish , Beka and A.B,
      I saw your comments on the pacifier questions.
      Below is a link to a paper the Dr G Dave Singh DDSc PhD BDS, (inventor of the DNA appliance), wrote about just this subject. He wrote this paper while he was a professor at the University of Puerto Rico.
      It is called “Associations between a history of breast feeding, malocclusion and parafunctional habits in Puerto Rican children.
      I hope this helps answer your question.

  12. Martina says:

    Thank You, for this post! I have major concern regarding this matter.
    We were never a processed food family, but neither traditional either. My second child is 7 months old and was born with a cleft lip and palate. I was shocked to say the least…..
    During my second month of pregnancy my own aching teeth caused me to find WAP. I immediately began FCLO and began traditional eating. He had a lip repair in Dec. and his palate repair is just a month away. I have been told he will need braces later in his childhood, along with implants if there are any missing teeth.

    It pains me that we don’t get those special nursing sessions that I had with my daughter, as he is unable to get complete suction. I still have hope that my change with the palate repair. But, with that said, what can I do to help his facial/oral development? Does he need treatment sooner than a typical child?

    He gets FCLO on his bottom each night, exclusive breast milk (via haberman bottle) up until 3 wks ago, when table foods were introduced.

    PS He (we) LOVE your beef stew recipe from Nourished Baby! THANKS:)

  13. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, it was nice to read about warning signs to look out for and the whole mouth breathing thing was very interesting. Thanks for doing this post!

  14. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    So glad it was helpful, Kristine Winniford!

  15. Monica says:

    I would to know more about fixing sleep apnea with this device. My husband uses a CPAP at night and would love to stop using it, but is exhausted when does. Can you really fix this problem, what is involved and how long does it usually take? Thanks for all the helpful info!

  16. Anna D says:

    Great post, got me thinking and analyzing things. Thank you!. I would also like to find out about correcting mouth breathing in kids please, as we have the same problem here and the pacifiers too.

  17. Genevieve Mama Natural says:

    Interesting interview. Thanks so much for sharing, Heather!

    In thinking about jaw formation and strength, I often wonder about MIchael Phelps and his amazing athletic abilities and yet he has a very narrow jaw and crowded teeth. Not sure what that’s about… good food for thought :)>


  18. Michelle says:

    Wow! That was really interesting and informative. I had 4 adult teeth extracted and then braces to straighten as a child. I have always been told I just had a “small jaw” it’s been eye opening to read this! Thankfully I don’t mouth breath, that I know of anyway but yeah my tounge doesn’t fit inside my teeth. I’m definitly going to check out the DNA Appliance site, thanks!

    Also I’m curious about the cranial sacrel therapy. What does that help with? Neither of my children (4 & 2) had a tramatic birth or tongue tie. But my daughter has some allergies and some sensory issues. Someone reccomended cranial sacrel therapy once to me to help with her hair pulling and eating. So I’m even more curious about it now. Thanks!

  19. Sonia says:

    Any tips for someone who has already gone through having teeth pulled and getting braces? I’m 24 and had 5 teeth pulled and braces for 2 years, due to a “narrow jaw”. I am also a mouth breather, which I try to correct, but there’s not much control over that when I’m asleep! I also deal with lots of neck and shoulder tension (despite regular chiropractic), and, oh yeah… found out that I had Hodgkins Lymphoma the year after I got my braces off. Done with treatment for that, but I really need to figure out a way to help get everything back in alignment so that I can remain healthy.

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  22. Mary@FitandFed says:

    Wow, that was interesting. I had teeth pulled for my braces, too, so this makes me wonder. I have the same question as the other commenters– what can adults do about these problems now?

  23. Emily says:

    HI – So glad I found this article. My son (5 yrs old) always have his mouth open. He can’t seem to close it for more then 5 seconds. He was born with his mouth opened and it is always opened. His teeth looks okay, there are no protrusion or anything. However, his lips does not close when relaxed. My husband complained that his upper lip is too short so it is not easy for him to close. We asked his pediatrician and dentist about this and they pretty much just strung it off. Saying we can deal with it if it really becomes a problem. Right now he eats well and sleeps okay but he seems to always be tired and yawning but hates to go to sleep like any pre-schoolers. I am wondering what we need to do help him. He needs to close his mouth. I see that he will get teased in school for always having his mouth opened if this does not get fixed.

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  26. gwen says:

    I have a question for Dr. Liao and wondering how I might get the question answered?
    My son is due for a palate expander. He is nine years old. However, we are off to Indonesia for one year! So, we need to wait until we get back so that he can get regular checkups in order for the expander to work correctly. Does Dr. Liao have any advice for me? Will it still work after he is 10 years old? My son has a narrow jaw, as do I. He has an immense amount of plaque accumulation on his lower front teeth. He has also been diagnosed with either fluorosis or hypoplaysia.

  27. Cheryl Jazzar says:

    How can we contact Dr. Liao? I am in the habit of traveling for holistic dentistry already, as we have no competent dentists in Oklahoma.

    I’d love to invite Dr. Liao and Mommypotomus to my holistic dentistry group on FB, Get the Lead Out (and the mercury, antimony, palladium; etc…). If you’d care to friend me on FB I can add you. There are many parents and care providers there sharing great information. We have some CST therapists there, too but we need to stimulate more discussion on holistic orthodontics.

    Thank you so much for your work on this excellent article!

  28. Elizabeth Mayer says:

    for emily i have a short upper lip and it is not comfortable for me to close my mouth. i never had trouble about it in school, but a babysitter once became raving mad and kicked me out of her house because i couldn’t chew with my mouth closed. i was a mouth breather for most of my life, but have tried to correct it.. although when i do breathe through my nose my mouth still remains open. my mouth is also “small” as the dentists say and i frequently bite my tongue or the sides of my cheeks on accident. my wisdom teeth have come in straight but because of that my front teeth are too crowded and are now crooked. i also grind my teeth and have a hole in one tooth from a piece breaking off that needs to be corrected. the only good news is that i have no metal fillings and have had no extractions or braces in my life. i can look back at my childhood and see all the mistakes my family made and how they affected me. thankfully i have educated myself and my daughter at 4 years old has not shown any of the same problems i faced so far. i was so worried those traits would be passed to her, now i see i have more control over it than i thought. this makes me very happy!

  29. JC says:

    I work in a maxillo-facial xray lab and we have a couple doctors that practice this method of ortho. My biggest concern with starting these children so young is the radiation they are now getting at 4 and 5 years old. Radiation is a huge issue in this country, with medical doctors requiring medical CT scans for the more minor of ailments. Now we are suppose to subject our babies to radiation for the sake of avoiding braces as they get older? IMO, this is terrible!
    I do agree with Dr. Laio about leading a healthy, organic lifestyle and breastfeeding is definitely best.
    But, I think more parents need to research the orthodontists they plan to take their children to. Never let a doctor convince you they need to pull perfectly healthy teeth! Always question treatments that don’t feel right. And, make sure you’re seeing a Board Certified Orthodontist. Too many dentists these days are practicing ortho. It’s a big money maker for them, but it does not mean they know completely what they are doing.

    • Mandy says:

      I did take my two children to see Dr. Liao for an evaluation. I was very pleased with how thorough he was. But I was unhappy to find out that he does require a CT scan before moving forward. I do not feel comfortable with my children being exposed to so much radiation especially at such young ages. Does anyone know of other practitioners such as this who do NOT require a CT scan? As a child I had an appliance such as the ones offered here, and yet I did not have to have a CT scan. I am looking into other options at this point….

      • JC says:

        I believe these drs are ordering ct scans because they get a three dimensional view of the patient’s anatomy. This allows them to see the airway, eustacian tubes, cervical spine, and structures of the jaw. But the quality of the scan is a huge issue as many who own the dental ct scan units aren’t well trained to reduce radiation while providing a clear and quality scan. Basically anyone can buy the machine and learn the basics without studying how to properly/ethically expose a patient.
        There are board certified orthodontists out there who understand that widening the palette to provide room for shifting teeth is far better for a patient rather than yanking teeth. You just need to do your homework and find those great doctors. I personally saw one of those wonderful drs as a kid. I have all of my teeth, a widened palette, and a nice big smile to show for it. :) I’m not a mouth breather but I did sick my thumb for about a decade (you’d never know it now). My orthodontist never needed a ct scan and used traditional orthodontic survey.
        Be sure to research your doctors and get multiple opinions; especially if someone is telling you that teeth need to be pulled. Always keep your child’s health in mind because our teeth are the first step in digestion (they are how we eat to survive). How they are manipulated affects us for a lifetime, good or bad.
        Also know that a medical ct scan is ~60,000 microseverts where as a dental ct scan is ~64 microseverts. It’s a huge difference! But even if your child is getting a dental ct scan, they are stil being radiated.
        Good luck!!

        • Mandy says:

          Thank you SO much for all of this info. I really do feel that Dr. Liao has a good grasp of how to help people through the most non-invasive ways possible. It was only the CT scan that bothered me. But I do feel like I need to do my research with this too (as with everything health related ;o)….just to make sure I do what I feel is best for my children. I truly appreciate your thoughts, and the info on the micoseverts as well!!! We go to a dentist who does the digital x-rays just to minimize the radiation. So, it is hard for me to want to expose them to even the 64 microseverts. However, in looking at it….it seems that a typical airline flight over a few hours would expose them to this much??? I don’t know if it is worth it? After your explanation, I now better realize that it is being used for a thorough evaluation. I like this idea, but then again, I was helped without a CT scan all those years ago….just as you were ;o). Thank you again very much for this info as it has helped me tremendously!

  30. Cynthia says:

    Hello, Excellent info here. We have a child with a somewhat rare genetic syndrome called Noonan Syndrome. Last Spring I noticed that he was mouth breathing and it was very noisy and troublesome for him. I began to do my own research and we found out about a method to correct mouth breathing called Buteyko Method. I would highly recommend checking out the website to find out about the method!

    • Mandy says:

      Thank you so much for this! I have two little ones who I have noticed mouth breathe too often…not to mention myself! I can’t wait to look into it!

  31. Laura says:

    Thank you for another excellent article with reliable information! I have a question for Dr. Liao regarding my 5 yr old son’s bite. His top and bottom teeth meet exactly, without the top teeth overbiting at all. I just recently observed slight wear on his teeth and upon closer inspection, realized the bite was the problem. Incidentally, he has a wide jawline and a balanced face. I called our local dentist and because these are baby teeth, he says we can’t do anything. What can we do, short of waiting until the problem becomes more permanent when his adult teeth come in? Thank you so much for considering my question.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Laura! I don’t know that Dr. Liao will see this since it is an older post, but I know he does offer online consults.

    • Mandy says:

      I would definitely try to talk to him if possible; however, I did want to let you know that we had evaluations done on two of our sons. One was 6 and the other 4 at the time. He was glad that we started early, but he did want to wait until my 6 year old had gotten in his top front 4 permanent teeth before doing anything too much. I think that the age where it is the most important starts around 7 or 8. It was my understanding that he wanted to wait until those teeth came in so he could have a better idea of how to best fit him with an appliance. I really appreciated how thorough he was with their evaluations so if you can get in to see him it would be worth it!

  32. nelson says:

    Question, where can I find a Holistic Orthodontist in Florida? My 10 year old Orthodontist is referring him to mouth surgery before starting braces for the extraction of four molers, one of which has not yet come out. Please help!

    • Ken says:

      Hello Everyone,
      If you are looking for a provider please email me. I will get you connected with a certified provider for the DNA appliance. I am also on LinkedIn as well and everyone is more than welcome to connect on there as well.
      You can also find the listing of all of the certified providers of the DNA appliance on our website. You can search by country and state on the page with the map and email the doctor directly through the website by following this link
      The list that will be generated is sorted by city alphabetically.
      Ken Yielding
      Assistant Vice President
      BioModeling Solutions Inc.

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