The Relationship of Jaw Misalignment and Cranial Motion

For many years osteopathic literature has reported the existence of a rhythmic movement of the skull. This movement, occurring at rate of 8-12 times per minute persists throughout life. It is considered to be a vital life force required for the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. 

Cranial movement is constant, but can be restricted by the occurrence of various patterns of jaw misalignment. There are seven types of jaw misalignment. Orthodontic diagnosis is currently centered in the Angle Classification system supplemented by soft tissue behavior analysis, temporomandibular joint evaluation and especially by use of the side view skull x-ray. 

By adding the cranial pattern description as a diagnostic method the identification and understanding of the distorted bite fit becomes much more refined and provides clarity in recognizing the underlying cause of the distorted bite fit.

The different types of jaw misalignment can be treated by the Advance Lightwire Functional (ALF) appliances.  


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