Mikaeya Kalantari, a pediatric dentist at Sunshine Smiles Of Orange County, is excited to begin helping the children of Orange County to sleep and breathe better with airway expansion and myofunctional therapy treatment.
As more and more children are experiencing dental crowding, dentists have been resorting to correcting crowding in the teenage years with traditional braces. Majority of the time, however, dental crowding is caused by some type of oral habit such as poor lip or tongue posture, thumb sucking, or pacifier use. In these situations, the dental arches can not expand naturally leading to restricted arch growth and subsequent dental crowding.
Esthetics are not the only concern as narrow dental arches and poor tongue placement can also lead to airway issues resulting in unfortunate consequences such as mouth breathing, snoring, and poor sleep.
Dr. Kalantari and Sunshine Smiles is now proud to offer an alternative to living with such concerns by providing myofunctional therapy sessions and exercises to help eliminate oral habits and help to train the lips, cheeks, and tongue to remain in the proper positions during rest and swallowing.
Once oral habit correction treatment is completed, Dr. Kalantari can provide dental arch expansion for both the top and bottom jaws to allow for more space for the teeth to be placed into the proper position. Widening the dental arches can also help to improve sleep and breathing concerns.
Research has consistently shown that oral health ties into a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Setting up teeth and dental arches into their proper position goes a long way in achieving ideal oral health for a patient. Dental crowding is sometimes just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to identifying the root cause of an underlying systemic health issue.
Dr. Kalantari can help evaluate a child for the need for dental expansion and myofunctional therapy as well as evaluate the potential need for referral to a physician or sleep specialist. A thorough dental evaluation is always the first step in determining what type of treatment is best suited for each individual child. If airway treatment is recommended for a child, the expert team at Sunshine Smiles Of Orange County will be available to help every step of the way!
About Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari
Dr. Kalantari earned her Doctor Of Dental Surgery degree and Pediatric Dental Specialty Certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been a practicing pediatric dentist since 2012, working in both private practice as well as in the hospital setting at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She now owns a dental practice in Mission Viejo, California where she treats children of all ages.
You can learn more about Dr. Kalantari and Sunshine Smiles Of Orange County here: https://www.sunshinesmilesoc.com/