SOMA

Splint Orthodontic Myofunctional Appliance

A person’s posture, tongue habits, muscle, upper airway obstruction and facial abnormalities can all contribute to his or her occlusion (bite position) and facial appearance. This is especially true in a child, whose teeth, jaws and facial structure is still in the process of change and growth. 

To find out more about what SOMA can do for you, contact Molonglo Dental Surgery at 02 6287 1222.

In consideration of all these elements at play, it is easier to apply gentle means to expand your upper palate without causing pain in order to help straighten your teeth and enhance your facial patterns. In other words, we can give you a beautiful smile, while treating any underlying issues you may have – such as breathing patterns, jaw position, orthopaedic structure, etc. – and even improve your overall visage!

That is exactly what our adoption of Splint Orthodontic Myofunctional Appliance (SOMA) is about.

Splint Orthodontic Myofunctional Appliance (SOMA) is a dental appliance that has a world wide patent status. With its own unique system of adjustment and protocols, the SOMA appliance can help to fix the jaw joint, the musculature and the airway. 

At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we support the SOMA philosophy that “Force should not be placed against the direction of a natural growth.” Rather, our focus is on the your development and optimal growth.

Instead of simply straightening your teeth, we take a holistic approach to what underlying issues your malocclusion may suggest – neurology, growth patterns, breathing and sleep patterns – so as to better treat your condition. That’s why our patients do not simply get their teeth corrected by us, but report other equally tangible benefits like: Better jaw symmetry, relaxed neck muscles, reduced muscle pains and discomfort.

With SOMA’s innovative appliance technologies, we are able to manage and treat a wide range of issues, including: Malocclusion, poor jaw growth, airway dysfunction and TMJ disorder.

To find out more about what SOMA can do for you, contact Molonglo Dental Surgery at 02 6287 1222.   

How does Splint Orthodontic Myofunctional Appliance (SOMA) work?

Initially developed for treating Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), a painful jaw dysfunction, Dr Joseph Da Cruz (SOMA’s inventor) found that the “TMD would not resolve satisfactorily without also treating the malocclusion”. 

After an orthodontic approach was incorporated into the treatment process, Dr Da Cruz found that a third component – that of tongue positioning – also needed to be addressed. Only when all three components were properly addressed – TMD, orthodontics and a stable jaw position (tongue position) – could highly satisfactory results be derived. 

The SOMA innovation, although birthed out of incorporating three components of treatment to provide rapid, effective and stable TMD treatment, also produced beneficial side effects of reduced headaches, migraines, posture pain and sleep disordered breathing. 

The relationship between seemingly disparate elements is consistent with Dr Da Cruz’s background and experience in holistic dentistry, where many patients present with chronic pain problems despite having seen a multitude of medical physicians. 

Collaboration with physicians in other fields had confirmed Dr Da Cruz’s stance on the correlation between these features, further reinforcing that “collaborative dentistry and medicine can provide assistance and can improve quality of life for many people who have been neglected by the current medical format.”

By integrating splint therapy, orthodontics, and myofunctional treatment, the SOMA can help in the realignment process of the cranial base thus establishing a sound dental architecture from which teeth can be aligned and remain stable.

Dr Da Cruz’s aim, which aligns with the holistic goals of Molonglo Dental Surgery, is “to give dentistry greater importance by providing a whole body approach to treatment, thus offering a more effective, preventative health treatment and quality of care to patients.”

With SOMA’s innovative appliance technologies, we are able to manage and treat a wide range of issues, including: Malocclusion, poor jaw growth, airway dysfunction and TMJ disorder.