http://www.MedicalOrthodontics.org and http://www.MedicalOrthodontics.com have both non-profit and for profit components -
American Academy of Medical Orthodontics® (AAMO) is founded based on much research in both medicine and dentistry trying to educate health care providers and the general public on how to treat many medical conditions by simple use of orthodontics alone! The mission of AAMO is to help train physician, dentists, orthodontists and general public as well as insurance companies about a relatively unknown phenomenon coined as Medical Orthodontics®. Medical Orthodontics® simply refers to treatment of dozens of chronic medical and dental conditions via simple non-surgical orthodontic treatment.
Many patients suffer from various medical issues for which there has been no real cure thus far! Up until today, both physicians and dentists as well as many health care providers did not have the answer to etiology and cure for many common issues such as migraine, jaw problems, sleep apnea, ringing ear, and pain in head and neck and shoulder area, etc. They typically resort to long term chronic care or extremely invasive procedures such as surgery or simply put the patients on lifetime of medications such as steroids, pain killers and anti-depressants. 38 million people in US alone suffer from Migraine…The economic, psychological as well as emotional and financial costs are devastating to patients, tax payers and health insurance companies as well. Unfortunately, invasive treatments or medication are simply a short term band-aid and do not provide a real long term cure! Medical orthodontics uses the concept of cranial-facial balancing to simply use orthodontic treatments to align, level and balance out both upper and lower jaw relationships and teeth. This is mainly performed by moving teeth into their exact intended position making sure they have perfect ideal contact from top teeth to bottom teeth with perfect axial inclination in a 3D model as in Clincheck® 3D CAD-CAM modeling for invisalign®. This creates perfect balance and harmony and releases all un-necessary tensions to the head and neck joints, muscles, neuromuscular structure, nerves, arteries, dural membrane system, fibers, and the entire skull and vertebra. Medical Orthodontics® can treat many chronic medical issues no one ever thought has any relevance to proper occlusion/alveolar symmetry: Some examples are tinnitus, migraine, radiating head and neck and shoulder pain, back pain, hip pain, breathing issues, sleep apnea, ADD and much more.
Up until today, orthodontics has been mostly used for esthetics and cosmetics purposes. However; Medical Orthodontics® is a new concept which is about to revolutionize the field of dentistry and medicine enabling us to treat dozens of chronic medical issues without surgery using orthodontics as a tool to enhance patients’ lives.