Why AO?
The Adventure Difference

With a face and airway focused treatment philosophy, experience the Adventure difference from your very first visit.   

Why AO? The Adventure Difference

From your very first visit, experience the difference with Adventure Orthodontics.

A smile is more than straight teeth. One of the hardest things in choosing an orthodontist is finding one that has a treatment philosophy that a patient or parent feels best serves their unique situation. These core beliefs guide an orthodontist in their treatment decisions. We believe that orthodontic care needs to accomplish three things. First, it must enhance the confidence our patient has with their smile. Second, treatment should improve a patient’s oral function and bite. Third, our treatment decisions must not negatively impact a patient’s overall health. In fact, our treatment should improve the patient’s overall health, even many years later.

With regard to orthodontic treatment, our core philosophy can be summed up as “Airway First, Face-Focused.” In Airway-Focused treatment, we believe that orthodontic treatment should improve our patient’s ability to breath. We are learning more and more about the detrimental effects of Sleep Apnea in adults AND children. We also know that tongue position and jaw position play a major role in the obstruction of sleep apnea patients.

In Face-Focused treatment, orthodontic techniques can be used to improve jaw position and support of the hard and soft tissues of the face. For example, in many orthodontic practices across the nation permanent tooth extractions during treatment is commonplace. However, we strongly feel this technique is over-used. Yes, it has its place, but we believe that creating more space for adult teeth is a better alternative. Why? When permanent teeth are extracted, support of the upper lip is lessened. It may not be readily obvious in a young patient, but years later those lips will be flatter. We haven’t heard of many people wanting flatter lips as they age. When permanent teeth are removed, the orthodontist must then close the extraction space with braces. When these spaces are closed, the dental arches become more constricted. By constricting the dental arches, this treatment robs the space needed for the tongue. Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing are becoming more common in pediatric-age patients.

Therefore, if we can improve our patients’ ability to breathe, even later in life, you better believe we are going to do it!!

– Dr. Layne McCord & Dr. Matt McCoy