Homeoblock is an appliance that Dr. Grafman researched for her own treatment to help her correct many of the same symptoms that have plagued her as she got older.
For most of us, while we are still young, even if these underlying problems are there, we feel well-enough that we do not seek out the necessary treatment. We go on with our lives, start our careers and families and accept that the discomforts we are living with are the norm.
The fact is, if you find the right doctor those problems do not have to be the norm. You don’t know how bad you feel until you see what it’s like to feel great.
Dr. Grafman’s goal is to help her patients feel great again, regain their health, and look gorgeous.
The Homeoblock Appliance Has 3 Major Benefits
1. Anti-Aging Facial Enhancement
BEAUTY IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP!
All of our faces are asymmetrical to some degree. We might have one eye slightly lower or one side of the upper lip narrower or thinner. Does your face have a “better side” for photos? The facial skeletal structure should be symmetrical and our external body is programmed for symmetry, which exists in our genetics.
The soft refined food that comprises the modern diet does not provide the muscle action and desired strain on the bones that the face required during growth and development. This results in a lack of symmetry and allows the less developed side of our face to potentially age prematurely.
The Homeoblock Appliance is designed to stimulate the body’s own restorative and corrective energy. The result is:
● More bone to support the face
● Anti-aging effects
● Decrease lines and wrinkles
● Improves facial symmetry
● Creates a more attractive youthful face
● More symmetrical mouth, more youthful eyes
● Wider smile
The Homeoblock Appliance works with the body so that physiological changes occur naturally and helps with developing the bones of the face, resulting in the strengthening of facial muscles. These changes occur largely in part due to each person’s genetic potential.
Facial aging is due to loss of volume of both hard and soft tissue. During the aging process, we lose fatty tissue and the bones of the face shrink in size. As the bones shrink, our skin starts to sag creating the appearance of wrinkles.
Traditionally, this loss of volume has been replaced with injections of facial dermal filler such as Restylane, which is placed under the skin, creating volume for treatment of lips, lines, wrinkles,and facial folds. The Homeoblock Appliance can help increase bone volume,thereby treating the underlying problem and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, creating a more youthful appearance.
Red area shows bone deposition and increased mid-face volume. This face is more symmetrical after treatment.
2. Straighter Teeth – The Only Appliance That Can Be Worn Only at Night
The Homeoblock Appliance is a revolutionary patented oral device that is much like a retainer in looks, but the results go way beyond teeth straightening.Furthermore, it is currently the only orthodontic appliance that is worn in the nighttime only.
Over the past few years, more and more adults have sought to enhance their smiles with orthodontic tooth straightening procedures, such as clear or traditional braces, which must be worn 24 hours a day to straighten teeth in adults.
The advantage of the Homeoblock Appliance is that for many cases, this removable orthodontic device designed for adults can be worn only at nighttime, so no one needs to know its being worn at all.
The benefits of the appliance are much greater than just to straighten your teeth, and the overall results with the Homeoblock Appliance treatment include:
● Consistently wider,more attractive smiles ● Elimination of a black triangle –areas between the teeth and corners of the lip giving a narrow arch appearance ● Higher cheekbones and stronger jaws
The basic premise is that modern adults are underdeveloped in the craniofacial region. Many adults have malocclusions with an underdeveloped face and jaws,which are less attractive and less healthy than a fully developed face.
This means there is less space in the mouth for the teeth, resulting in malocclusions or an unattractive smile, as well as other problems such as sleep and breathing disorders.
The Homeoblock Appliance gently re-aligns the teeth by working with the body’sown developmental mechanisms through natural functions such as swallowing,especially during sleep. The device produces better facial symmetry, wider smiles, and more attractive faces with less lines and wrinkles. Internally, the device widens the posterior airway space for better breathing, sinus drainage,and vocal resonance. These additional benefits enhance quality of life and may promote longevity.
3. Treats Sleep and Breathing Disorders
Your original face is in your genes, but it is not necessarily the face that you are walking around with. Nature has made the middle of our face so very adaptable that altering breathing, chewing, and swallowing will change the shape of your upper jaw (maxilla).
If you breathe through your mouth and not through your nose, your face will be longer and narrower. If you swallow with a reverse swallowing pattern, sometimes known as a tongue thrust, you will have a narrow smile and dark areas between your teeth and your cheeks.
Nature made us adaptable to allow for our evolution. As our diets changed and man became hunter-gatherers, we chased down our food and were successful through endurance and stamina, not speed. The shape of our noses has a lot to do with the temperature and humidity of where our ancestors lived. In warm, humid climates, we developed larger nostrils. In cold climates, we developed narrower and smaller nostrils to preserve the heat and moisture of our body. The adaptability of our faces still exists today.
The Homeoblock addresses most of these developmental problems in that it alters your chewing, swallowing, and breathing without any harmful side effects. This appliance can produce startling changes in your facial appearance in the direction of the original face that we have in our genes.
Since the airway is considered the keystone for the face, and the face and airway are developmentally connected, the bony changes in the face also reflect changes in the patient’s airway.
Hence, there are presumed further benefits to sleep and breathing such as improvement of:
● Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a sleep disorder characterized by airway resistance to breathing during sleep, which often goes undiagnosed or masquerades as another problem ● Snoring ● Sleep apnea ● Increased airway and improve breathing ● Increased oxygen flow
Headaches, myalgia, sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia, bruxism, anxiety, and depression are all symptoms of chronic stress which can be related back to respiratory effort related arousals and UARS.
Since the medical profession does not fully recognize the problem, many doctors are ignoring a condition that could be affecting as much as 15% of our population. This is great for Starbucks, but quite the opposite for many people.
Cortisolis the enemy and can affect every system in the body. When you have a high level of cortisol in the blood, you are by definition, "under stress.” We now know that chronic cortisol can activate tens or even hundreds of unexpressed genes in our body, that produces a variety of hormonal changes with a plethora of symptoms. Among these symptoms are a reduction in leukocyte production and interleukin, both of which make us more susceptible to infection.
The dentist is possibly the best-positioned medical practitioner to provide a special service and to educate patients in relation to a sleep and breathing disorder. Patients that exhibit symptoms of chronic stress can be tested with asleep study to determine if there is a pattern of arousal and light sleep all night long.
If we can lower the chronic stress and lower cortisol levels, it will take patients out of sympathetic mode and slow down their pulse rate, giving them a more restorative night of sleep. This can be done with appliance therapy treatment, myofunctional therapy, and breathing exercises.