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Episode 97 – Myofunctional Orthodontics w/ Dr. Medina

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Episode 97 – Myofunctional Orthodontics w/ Dr. Medina

Myofunctional orthodontics is simply an alternative to standard braces and focuses more on underlying reasons.

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Myofunctional Orthodontics

Have you ever heard of techniques to prevent the use of braces? I haven’t either until Dr. Carpenter told me about Dr. Medina who specializes in this, which is called myofunctional orthodontics. Since braces are almost always a part of every childhood it seems, I feel like this topic was a necessary one to talk about! What we’re covering on the podcast today:

  • Why people need braces
  • The cons about braces
  • What myofunctional orthodontics is
  • Who can use this type of program
  • Lifestyle habits that you can start at any time to promote proper oral development
  • Breastfeeding and oral development
  • How puréed foods that are fed to babies are actually hurting our natural oral development

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About Dr. Medina

Dr. Medina was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine receiving the Pierre Fauchard Academy distinction for her outstanding academic achievements in dentistry.  She completed a Post Graduated General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  After finishing her residency, she became part of the medical faculty as a staff dentist at the Ryder Hospital in the city of Humacao, Puerto Rico. She also established her own general dental practice in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico where she practiced for five years.
In 2008, she moved to Austin, the place Dr. Medina now considers her new home. Currently, she dedicates her practice to Myofunctional Orthodontics, Orofacial Myology Therapy, preventive dentistry and oral health maintenance.
Doctor Medina is a General Dentist with more than fifteen years of dental career experience.  She has taken extensive continuing education programs in: functional orthodontics, facial orthopedics, orthotropics, TMJ disorders, orofacial myology, myofunctional orthodontics, nutrition,functional medicine and breathing correction.  She is a Fellow and Senior Certified Dental Instructor of the International Association for Orthodontics and member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Institute for Functional Medicine.  She is also the first Certified Myobrace Provider in the city of Austin.
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Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Nuvitru Wellness. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Nutrition. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@nuvitruwellness).