Airways that were more elliptical in shape and mediolaterally oriented, (greater lateral/retroglossal anteroposterior dimension ratio), had a decreased tendency toward obstruction.
This 60 year old male patient, after 12 months of dentofacial orthopedics, shows improved facial and airway development.
Enhanced facial development is evidenced by more prominent cheekbones, increased mid-face volume, wider mouth and firmer jaws.
Here the pharyngeal airway shows improved lateral dimension as well as improved symmetry and form.
The mandibular advancement shown above might be a contributing factor. The airway form (a butterfly shape) is nature’s optimum design for effectiveness in protecting the airway from collapse.
A 20 year old female after 12 months of dentofacial orthopedics shows improved facial and airway development.