Airway Orthodontics

Imagine Straight Teeth with a Healthy and Beautiful Smile

We don't cover up your symptoms of poor oxygen intake.
We go straight to the root cause so you can enjoy a lifetime of optimum breathing.
Dr. Tanner is well aware that proper airway development is directly related to mouth growth, which is critical in preventing airway obstruction issues and other related problems later in life. This is why we offer services and guidance related to proper airway development for toddler ages to older adults. Certainly, guidance and treatment for proper airway development are best if initiated as early as possible in life, but treatment and reversal of airway obstruction can also be effective well into adulthood.

"He focuses on keeping the airway open and how that is really beneficial and preventative of Sleep Apnea and different conditions." - Charity, patient




The purple zone is the airway of two different people. The one on the left has a total volume of about 66,000 mm, while the one on the right has a volume of about 4,000 mm.

If these two people go running down a field, which one do you think will run longer and faster? 

Who do you think will be huffing and puffing sooner?

If they both get some mucus in their airway, who do you think will be told they need an inhaler to breathe easier?

Who do you think is more likely to mouth breathe and begin getting allergies first?

Who do you think sleeps better?  Gets headaches?  Has TMJ?  Has migraines?  Has sleep apnea?  Will live healthier and longer?


What kind of airway would you like to have for yourself and your loved ones?

The patient below experiences the following symptoms:

  • struggling to breathe during sleep
  • snoring
  • waking unrefreshed
  • daytime fatigue
  • easily distracted
  • neck pain
  • buzzing in both ears once or twice a week for about a one minute duration.


*A patient's forward head posture is a physiological compensation when an airway is narrowed by the tongue.*

This before treatment airway shows a very constricted airway shown by the black.

The airway is black predominantly in the area behind the tongue. Having adequate room for the tongue in the mouth is critical for healthy breathing and sleeping.

The right photo shows an improved airway during treatment.  There are no black zones.  Most of the airway is yellow or green.  The airway behind the tongue is the most constricted as shown by the red.  As we continue treatment, we will allow more room for the tongue in the mouth and increase the airway.

These show the actual airway spaces.  In this view it is easy to visualize the narrowing that happens behind the tongue.  When the tongue does not have adequate room in the mouth, it will have a tendency to restrict airflow and lead to mouth breathing during the day, mouth breathing while exercising, disrupted sleep cycles, daytime fatigue, headaches, TMJ and ear issues, etc.

Measurements of upper airway before treatment.                                             Measurements of upper airway after 9 months.

After 9 months of treatment patient reports sleeping great, no buzzing in the ears, waking refreshed, much more energy during the day, able to bike with nasal breathing.  Feels much more room for her tongue in her mouth and significantly improved ability to breathe through her nose.

Before and after images of patient after 9 months of successful treatment:

Notice posture, vertical alignment of ear and shoulder, and jawline.

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