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THE BREATHING WELL ORTHO-POSTURAL TRAINING PROGRAM
An introduction and overview for dentists, orthodontists and dental sleep practitioners
There is a paradigm shift happening in the world of Early Intervention Orthodontics [EIO] as well as Dental Sleep Medicine [DSM].
This has come about as a result of incontrovertible proof that the current methods of treating crooked teeth, crowded mouths and sleep disorders are simply not working effectively, and the relapse and non-compliance rate is simply unsustainable.
The reason is quite simple. Current orthodontic and sleep treatments are focused on the problem – not the cause – and the treatments on offer are nothing more than an intervention – usually ending up in relapse as a consequence of the patient not being able to comply.
The Ortho-Postural Training Program goes to the root causes of the symptoms and provides a support program for the dentist, doctor or orthodontist carrying out the remedial work that is designed to arrive at a more stable outcome in a shorter period of time – goals attractive to both patient and practitioner alike.
NEW DIMENSION IN DENTISTRY
Because this is a process of education, guidance and behavioural modification any attempt to integrate it directly into a dental practice will probably fail – as patients in a dental practice have a pre-conceived idea of what a dentist is and what a dentist does.
It is therefore necessary to treat it as a completely different operation – one that can nonetheless still run alongside a dental practice – but must appear to be independent.
For this reason we have developed a program which we call “Berg Education”. It is based on the concept of an iceberg having 90% of its bulk – and therefore the danger – below the surface and just watching out for the tip can have disastrous results.
This is depicted in two illustrations which we call:
Early Intervention Orthodontics: The Toothberg – supported by posture and breathing retraining the need for long-term braces can largely be avoided and excellent results can often be achieved by combining myofunctional, orofacial and expansion techniques.
Dental Sleep Medicine: The Sleepberg - CPAP and Surgery failures can be managed using Oral Appliances where appropriate, combined with an approach to address the Central Sleep Apnoea for which the current approach has no viable answer.
The Breathing Well Ortho-Postural Training System has applications in many fields; we are currently focusing on the dental/orthodontic field. It is easily incorporated into the fields of physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy, as well as sport and fitness (personal trainers), speech pathology, naturopathy and many others.