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In the realm of orthodontics, achieving excellence is a journey that requires skill, dedication, and a genuine commitment to patient care. This journey recently led Cronin & Czarnik Orthodontics to an extraordinary milestone, as they were honored with the prestigious titles of Top Orthodontic Practice and Top Orthodontic Provider in Colorado by the esteemed Colorado Parent Magazine. Dr. Scott Czarnik and Dr. Carolyn Cronin, the dynamic duo behind this thriving practice, stand as shining examples of unwavering dedication to their craft and their patients.

Addressing Constricted Airways and Sleep Apnea: The Adult Challenge

One of the lesser-known but crucial aspects of orthodontic treatment in adults is addressing constricted airways and associated conditions like sleep apnea. While often thought of as a problem that primarily affects older adults, sleep-disordered breathing, including sleep apnea, can also be prevalent in younger adults. Constricted airways, whether due to genetics, craniofacial structure, or other factors, contribute to this issue.

The adverse effects of sleep apnea on overall health cannot be overstated. From daytime fatigue and impaired cognitive function to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, the implications are profound. Recognizing the correlation between orthodontic issues and sleep apnea has led to innovative approaches in adult orthodontics.

Enter MARPE: Miniscrew Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion

Traditionally, expanding the upper jaw to alleviate constricted airways involved surgical procedures such as SARPE (Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion) or other more invasive procedures. While effective, the invasiveness and recovery time associated with surgery often deterred adult patients from pursuing treatment.

However, advancements in orthodontic techniques have paved the way for a non-surgical alternative known as MARPE (Miniscrew Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion). MARPE offers adult patients a minimally invasive option to expand the upper jaw, thereby addressing constricted airways without the need for surgery.

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How Does MARPE Work?

MARPE utilizes miniscrews, which are tiny titanium screws anchored in the palate, to facilitate the expansion of the upper jaw. Unlike traditional expanders that rely on external appliances, MARPE’s internal mechanism offers several advantages:

  • Minimally Invasive: Marpe involves a simple procedure to insert the miniscrews, typically performed under local anesthesia in an orthodontic office.

  • Rapid Results: The use of miniscrews allows for faster and more controlled expansion compared to traditional methods, reducing treatment duration.

  • Improved Comfort: With no bulky appliances in the mouth, patients experience greater comfort during treatment, minimizing speech impediments and discomfort. Our appliances are custom designs that are 3D printed to match your exact anatomy.

  • Avoiding Surgery: Perhaps the most significant advantage of MARPE is its ability to achieve palatal expansion without the need for surgical intervention, making it an attractive option for adults seeking orthodontic treatment.

The Future of Adult Orthodontics

As awareness grows regarding the impact of constricted airways and sleep apnea on adult health, the demand for innovative orthodontic solutions like MARPE continues to rise. With its non-surgical approach and life changing outcomes, MARPE represents a paradigm shift in adult orthodontics, offering a viable alternative to traditional jaw surgery.

At Cronin & Czarnik Orthodontics, we recognize the unique needs of patients of all ages and are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments that prioritize both aesthetics and function. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment or have concerns about constricted airways and sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our experienced team to explore personalized solutions tailored to your needs.

In conclusion, yes, adults can indeed benefit from expanders, particularly with innovative techniques like MARPE. By addressing constricted airways and associated conditions like sleep apnea, orthodontic treatment transcends mere aesthetics, empowering adults to achieve optimal oral health and overall well-being.

However, each patient is unique and the true value of an orthodontic consultation lies in the one-on-one doctor interaction. Dr. Scott Czarnik and Dr. Carolyn Cronin are the best at what they do and look forward to learning about what they can help you with. Your teeth may require more or less treatment than what is described above. It is the doctors job to thoroughly review all the treatment options and educate you on the pros and cons of each.


Please call or text us at 303-428-3613 to learn more!

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