Not many people draw associations between craniofacial development, epigenetics, and sleep disorders, but as a dentist, Dr. Ted Belfor has centered his life’s work on the intersection where these fields meet. When he first started speaking about epigenetics about two decades ago, no one gave any weight to what he was saying, but today, it’s the topics of some of the latest and most exciting research in science. He makes for an eye-opening and informative conversation that details what he’s learned over the years about the effect of epigenetics on craniofacial development, and the effect of craniofacial development on our ability to get quality sleep and maintain an overall state of health.
Simply put, epigenetics is the idea that while the environment can’t change our genes, it can dictate whether or not they’re expressed. Since our environments have changed significantly over the years—particularly since the spread of agriculture and the more recent rise in processed foods, it would be surprising to find that these changes haven’t affected gene expression. And in fact, they have. Dr. Belfor explains how these epigenetic changes have led to a lack of full and proper craniofacial development, and how that in turn has lead to sleep apnea, upper airway resistance, and a range of other sleep disorders.
He has created the Homeoblock, which is a removable oral device that is designed to correct what our changing environments have altered and to realign our physiology with the way it was designed to function, thereby toning our airways and enhancing the growth of our jaws in order to promote better sleep and better overall health.
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Richard Jacobs: Hello this is Richard Jacobs with the Future Tech and Future tech Health Podcast. We have Dr. Ted Belfor. We will Be Talking about the treatment of sleep, breathing disorders and dental disorders. Thanks for coming. How are you doing?
Dr. Ted Belfor: I’m really good, Thanks for having me.
Richard Jacobs: So just to start out with, what spurred your interest in sleep?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, it came round about, I was practicing in Manhattan and treating performing artists, somewhere around 1999, 2000. And they would request a small tooth movement. They say, hey doc, I’m getting a new headshot. Can you just straighten this one tooth for me? And since they were performers, they couldn’t wear braces and there was no envision line in those days. So I started fiddling with orthodontic appliances, removable applying to so that they could perform and where the appliances at night. And what happened. It was an accident. But one of the designs which used a unilateral bite block, the result was that the, makeup artists were telling the actors, you know, you’re faced, it’s changing every time I see you and my fingers were reporting that they were reaching higher notes. So basically I understood I was changing the face and the airway and that’s what inspired me.
Richard Jacobs: It’s crazy, so by adjusting one tooth or two or having them wear like a retainer at night, you were changing their facial structure, their ability to sing in front.
Dr. Ted Belfor: That’s correct. It’s called epigenetics. Uh, when I first began to speak about it in 20 years ago, nobody knew what I was talking about. But today epigenetics is the biggest, the largest science for the 21st century, arguably. And uh, what we know instead the environment doesn’t change your genes, but it changes the way your genes are expressed. So, since our diets are so poor, 63% a process food according to the US Department of Agriculture, we don’t fully express all of our genes for development. And the result is the face we walk around with and the Airway we walk around with is not the same. So by wearing an oral appliance, which stimulates expression of those genes, we get growth rose to the jaw, rose to the airway. Toning of the airway when I’m involved with is toning of the airway because sleep apnea and all sleep and breathing disorders are about a collapse of the airway. So to tone the airway, you improve the situation.
Richard Jacobs: That’s a great thing. I haven’t, you know, it’s funny, all this week people have talked to, and I’ve talked to probably a hundred of them, none of them talk about improving the tone of the airway. They just say, oh, the tone of the airway lessons as you age. And that’s what causes sleep apnea etc. So how would you ever affect the tone of the airway?
Dr. Ted Belfor: well, I have a whole protocol for that. I have several, appliances are breathing exercises. I haven’t developed a protocol and I have multiple case studies which use what we call virtual endoscopy. So from a three dimensional cranial scan, I can use software and literally put an eye into your airway and look at it. So just the way we look at a face and we can roughly tell how old that finishes. I look at Airways and I can tell how old they are, where you are, whether they’re collapsing or whether they are young. I can see 70 year olds with the airways of teenagers and teenagers with the Airway of 70 year old. It’s really quite interesting.
Richard Jacobs: What do you think are the main factors that modulate the tone of your airways?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well that’s the best question wrong because the main factor modulators, the tone is the cause of all sleep and breathing. Detroiters, all joint problems, well not all joint problems, but a majority of joint problems that lacks cranial facial development. It’s all about our lack of development. If we are a fully developed, we don’t have airway and breathing problems. So the key is to generate additional station airway development.
Richard Jacobs: Well I guess people, people would assume you know your development once they’re born and then no, of course things develop as you grow. But I would think people would certainly would probably mistakenly believe that your development stops at 18 or 16 when you’re fully grown.
Dr. Ted Belfor: That’s exactly what I was taught in school, that you can’t make any changes after late adult, late adolescence or early adulthood. So, but that’s totally false. So all the research today, I indicate should the cranial sutures remain open.
The research tells us that you just need the bodywork on signaling and there’s something called Machaon transduction, which you can look up and it’s very well understood today. It’s a mechanical force on a bone cell that generates a bone cell response. In effect, that signaling allows the bone cell to reproduce another bone show. We generate growth. Now the face growth within the face completely linked to the airway.
The way we grow is soft tissue dominant the cranium and basic cranium, the first part to develop in the womb grows around the soft tissue of the brain. The orbit of the eye grows around as the eye develops and the face mainly grows around the airway and is also affected by the tongue. So its environment plays a much more critical role in how our faces grow, particularly our faces because nature designed our faces just to be totally plastic membranous. That’s how we evolved from having a snout. We’re three and a half billion years ago. When you would go back to Lucy, the first dominant and the skeletal structure, all of that changed over time as we evolved. And that’s because the bone in our mid face extremely plastic can change very easily depending on mechanical force and environmental change, particularly environmental chain.
Richard Jacobs: Okay! So what’s really interesting is I hadn’t thought about this much. You know, I’m in looking at people, have you seen correlations? We narrow faces, white spaces, different shaped heads and the tone of their airways and other features of them or their expressions and things in their body.
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well that’s what I do. I start my diagnosis in the face. So the answer is absolutely yes we, our program for facial symmetry, if there is asymmetry union face quite logically, the first thing that’s understood, we should cross that line. It has to be you can’t have a perfectly aligned jaw that’s supported by an asymmetrical structure. So we look at the facial symmetry. We’re programmed for symmetry. So if you have asymmetry in your face, you can reach your full potential. It’s number one on the hit parade. Now, the full development as we develop the cranial facial structure of physiologically the draw real lines perfectly.
And by the way, this is really important because the body, basically what we’re all about is, is how much stress we particularly oxidate. How much stress is in our body determines our health and wellness. So by aligning your jaw, you will improve your, homeostatic capacity, your ability for the body to maintain us in a healthy state. So the very first thing is to align the Jaw. The second most important thing is to tone the airway. Now you’re not hearing, you’ll never hear any of this anywhere else because I’ve done all this research on my own. I’m independent and I do the research on my own. I treat patients can get resolved.
Richard Jacobs: Has anyone ever told you they don’t like the tone of your airway? I’m just joking. The tone of your voice. Very good. Yes. Well, when I see a tone-deaf, we actually get very excited.
That’s funny. Anyway, the first goal is to make sure the jaw is aligned and then you continue, you said then you want to work on the tone of the airways. So what’s, what’s next?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, there 12 so connected, you know, it’s where it’s reaching our potential is really the goal. Stimulating the body to reach its potential. And the potential that we’re looking for is our health and our wellness. And the way we do that is by enhancing the autonomic nervous system, the body’s ability to do it. I’m not with nervous system runs, you know, most of the functions should the body, you know, our heart rate or blood pressure, you know, body temperature on and the autonomic system when we’re young and we have a tremendous amount of homeostatic capacity, ability to maintain ourselves in a healthy state, we’re fine. But as we age, we lose our ability to do that. Our blood pressure goes up, are sugar metabolism becomes compromised, etc. So how do we get, how do we improve that homeostatic capacity? So that’s really what your treatment is all about. It’s evaluating cranial facial development, looking where the airway is compromised, directing the treatment towards that particular compromise within the airway. And all of this, you know, it, it all fits together. So when you’re doing all of this, you also enhance the jaw balance. Everything is balanced symmetry and balance with a lot of key to the development.
Richard Jacobs: So, okay what are some ways in which you would help someone’s jaw, just who they put in a retainer, like device and sleep with it for a period of weeks? Or would that do it was, you know, by what mechanisms can we help to start to align the jaw proposes?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, basically I designed an appliance and imitates nature, first of all, it puts the portion of chewing back, which we didn’t have to anything hard anymore. So it has a bite block exactly where it belongs with a body designed it. The block is in the region of the second bicuspid and first molar. That’s where you’re going to do something hard. And by the way, it’s on one side because if I give you a stick of gum, you don’t chew and on both sides simultaneously true and on one side than the other. So we put a bite block unilateral bite block on one side in the area of the second bicuspid first molar, which is the fulcrum of the mandible, the most ideal chewing. Secondly, we want to imitate the signaling at the periodontal ligament, the ligament around the teeth receive when we swallow because when we swallow correctly, I’ll say face is developed.
So since we haven’t been chewing and swallowing correctly our faces are not developed, so I built in a spring system. Every time you swallow, which signals are cyclical, intimate and light for a signal goes to the periodontal ligament and the body is all about signaling. We really know that vibration they had it right way back in the 60s good vibrations. So we get proper of vibrations in this case, within the bone. It’s a vibration in the fluid, interstitial fluid in between the bone show. Actually, all of this generates a physiologic response. This is called epigenetics. It’s altering the environment to get a gene expression of genes, stag grows and operate. The human body can be turned on. That’s what the human genome project was all about. So, basically with turning on genes, I learned how, and you wait, yes, you’re wearing an appliance every night and also I do have a small daytime appliance for breathing exercises because breathing is so important. We all breathe too rapidly and too shallow because we’re under a certain amount of stress. It’s an actual reaction. So, what we do is we provide you with certain breathing exercises. We slow down your breathing and we get to the breath correctly was correct tongue posture. All of this contributes. So how efficiently your airway operates and how well you sleep.
Richard Jacobs: What are some of the breathing exercises? What’s an example? And the end goal is it to you to breathe? Do you nose more than your mouth?
Dr. Ted Belfor: All of that, his address is correct or addressed first of all, you should always be breathing in and out through your nose. The only time you breathe basically through your mouth, there’s when you’re exercising, that’s acceptable. But on normal breathing is in and out through the nose. Nature designed us to function that way. If we mouth breathe, for example, we bypass nature’s natural defense system, which is built up in the nose defense against bacteria. If we breathe in front of our nose and out through our mouth, we’re hyperventilating where we’re getting more carbon dioxide out of our system than we should and therefore we’re creating an imbalanced, it changes our PH, which couldn’t even reset the natural sensors, which tell us when to breathe, so breathing correctly is absolutely critical. Now unfortunately with our lack development, the tongue plays a really critical part in the airway and breathing problems.
So a breathing issues or 24 hour a day program. So the exercise that I gave you, which is consistent with my functional therapy, we have an appliance and when you bite down on it, you can track the base of the tongue, however you’re taught to bring your tongue up against your palette. So you bite it on a tongue is up against the Palette, and that opens the area known as the Vilo Pharynx, the area behind the soft Palette. And then when we had, that’s when you’re breathing in. Now this is an exercise you’re allowed to breathe out through your mouth, and then you put your lips into a kissing because it takes the bucks and made a muscles through the Terry go mandibular RFA to the superior pharyngeal constrictor and opens the superior portion of the airway. So once you get your airway open, and it hasn’t been 24 hours a day, oh, your body goes, wow, this is wonderful.
So now you slow down your breathing it’s basically 5.6 seconds in 5.6 seconds out is what I deal breathing is. But for the exercise, we modify it a bit we breathe in a very slowly hold it for four or accounted for and then blow out more than you breath. And we do that, get all the air out of the lungs, but also breathing out is parasympathetic. That’s the relaxation. The goal is to reduce stress. So the exercises reduce stress and Tone the Airways or same time by, by doing that you enhancing your autonomic system in general, which reduces inflammation so that the real issues with breathing, we have 24 hours a day, for example, this swollen turbinate’s and our nose and they are swollen and we want to shrink them and want to open them up. So the extra, the exercises helps drink the turbinate’s in the nose. Allow for proper nasal breathing.
Richard Jacobs: You know I’m someone that has been told that I have a deviated septum and you know, until I really improved my diet a few years ago, one of my nostrils was always carved in. A lot of times, both and you know, when I’d watch movies where someone was like tied up and gagged, I would think I would have died if that happened to me because I can read them my nose. So what do you do with people that, you know, their noses are clogged and you know, should they take like a nasal opener, like clear or you know, how did they do these exercises?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, that’s a wonderful question actually. We do have a treatment protocol for that and it includes taping mouse. Now the way this works when you explain when your noses stuff you breathe through your mouth, I mean, you’ve got to breathe, right? So when the noses stuff you’re breathing through your mouth, but we don’t realize when you’re breathing’s for your mouth and hyperventilating the carbon dioxide, we do not have the right balance of carbon dioxide in your blood to protect the mass cells in your immune system. What happens is they break into histamine and they caused the swelling in your nose. So by breathing through your mouth, it’s a vicious cycle. You’d breath through your mouth, your carbon dioxide level, you’re not protecting a mass cells. They break down, its nose swells up. So what do you do? You have to tape your mouth, use the sprays, the polysaccharides sprays
You can do this during the day and you should too. You can breathe through your nose properly. And then you were this little appliance that I’ve designed at night with the mouth tape and that makes more room for your tongue and also allows for the, you know, for the toning and also it contributes to do the exercises during the day. So by doing the exercises during the day, wearing the appliance with mouth tape at night, the result will you begin to breathe through your nose. Once you begin to breathe through your nose, everything changes. You show tremendous improvement. Now the improvement also relates to your lowering your stress level, enhancing got to know your nervous system, improving your heart rate variability. Today we link to heart rate variability with longevity for God’s sake. It’s to critical market for health, much more effective than blood pressure. So all of this is all linked together. And yes, we can treat you with a very little appliance we call it. It’s a trademark. It’s called the POD (Preventive Oral Device). USA trademark, you wear that during the day with the exercise. You can also wear that night with the mouth too. And this will allow you to breathe properly at night.
Richard Jacobs: That’s amazing, so what are some of the other consequences of mouth breathing? I guess it would change the microbiome of your mouth preferentially steer them towards aerobic versus anaerobic bacteria and it would dry out in the mouse and maybe it would create reactive oxygen species to the too much oxygen. We’re more than before, what have you seen in the amputation?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Wow, wow you know your stuff man, actually, yeah. Well, you’re getting into therapy stuff. Yeah, absolutely correct. Mouth breathing is enormously destructive. The issue with, let’s go back. You started you mentioned a few things, reactive oxygen species and you also started off talking about sleep apnea. Well, I want to take it a little bit down a notch from sleep apnea because a lot of the folks that you’re going to walk into the 30 and 40 years old, they don’t have sleep apnea like yourself sounds of it. You probably have upper airway resistance. Okay? So that means at night, your airway is somewhat compromised. All it has to do is be compromised a little bit. And as you fall asleep and your muscles relax, your tongue will compromise the airway further at one point. What happens is the body response, especially when you’re young and healthy bodies like a hair trigger, it’ll respond to that compromised airway and go, oh, you’re strangling.
You have to get out of deep sleep. And it takes you right out of deep sleep into a light sleep. I’ve shooting critical colon mean epinephrine and norepinephrine into the blood. Your heart rate picks up and you go from deep sleep or light sleep. Now, this can be measured very easily by just looking at using the simple device to look at your heart rate. You know, when you’re sleeping and it’s getting a good night’s sleep, you’re 50 to 60 beats a minute. It’s gorgeous. Little tiny even 50 to 60 beats all night long. However, if you have upper rate is resistant you’re spiking anywhere 50, 60, up to 80, 90,100 beats a minute. And what this is doing is producing a huge effect on the body, on the level of the Mitochondria. And that’s where reactive oxygen species, reactive nitrogen species comes in without explaining molecular biology on this.
What I would simply say that the body has a specific reaction on the level of our energy factory, the Mitochondria, and it reacts by replacing the need for the oxygen which was deprived. The body has to do something to protect it. So we protect it lifted an actually by generating nitric oxide the night the mitochondria generate additional nitric oxide and they actually generate additional dioxide also, which is reactive oxygen species. However, nitric oxide is reactive nitrogen. So the result is or formulation of something called proxy nitrites, which is really what kills us. So the point is that nitric oxide, which one molecule of the year, 95 or 98, something like that, is really, really wonderful. Generated in power of sinuses. Vassal dilator rich and really important to our health. But if we’re not breathing properly, how about for airway resistance?
That very same, nitric oxide change the lining of our blood vessels, etc. Can react with a sulfur dioxide and for causing production, nitrites which can destroy everything from the DNA, right to any tissue or organ in your body. So that’s how it kills us. That’s how we breathe. It’s showcasing, people may not be aware at all that they have upper airway resistance syndrome or apnea or they may say, God, you know, my partner says I snore and it’s no big deal.
Richard Jacobs: Quick question here. Is this any means by definition that you have upper airway resistance or is it going to be a separate side?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Yeah, thought to imagine snoring airways without the resistance really, what happens is the airway becomes compromised, the air speeds up and it vibrates to the soft tissue and snoring.
So it really is telling us that the airway is compromised, to begin with, because when you push air through a tube, whoever it or compromise it, the air speeds up. That’s just a fact and where it speeds up, it generates the snoring vibration. If you’re snoring, you have a compromised airway of upper airway resistance. You’re on your way in sleep apnea. Also, the vibration of snoring damages to nerve cells that maintain the airway is a muscular tube. Well, actually the way it works just shows up to tissue smooth muscles of the airway. There are nerves that innovate these that muscle to become damaged by the vibration. You’re snoring end up with the sagging airway. You’re on your way to sleep apnea.
Richard Jacobs: So, okay. The people that you currently help, where are they on the spectrum of, you know, towards apnea? Like how would you help someone to rehab their tone if they have apnea versus snoring? And uars versus, you know, and they’re fine and they just want to again sing better or function better as an athlete or sleep better.
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, let me put it this way, toning the airway is something everybody needs because, well one small exceptions for people that have extremely well-toned airway, just like, you know, in the spectrum of people we meet or some people who are amazingly physically fit and have wonderful body tone, etc. But the majority of us fit in the other category unfortunately so they all need the sleep apnea patient and the upper airway patient to the snoring patient you know, and it goes on and on because all this relates to headaches, backaches to fibromyalgia. I mean, it goes on and on. It’s all related. So the first thing we want to do with read as to the best of our ability so that our airway is functioning to the best of our abilities all folks who are on CPAP can even be treated.
Nobody has ever told them that they can get a little bit better. I’m not saying cure apnea. I’m not saying you even, I’m not even saying that by the numbers you might not even reduce the APNIC events because that is not as significant as when you tone the airway where we do sink the arousals. That’s what makes you feel terrible. The fact that every time you get into a deep sleep, we can’t stay there if you’re a person with apnea, you actually go into rem sleep before your airway collapses, so you get some rem sleep, then your airway collapses. When you wake up, the folks who are suffering from upper airway resistance, as soon as they get into a deep sleep in their airway loses tone, they’re completely shot of adrenaline. Norepinephrine goes into their blood to wake them up. Those are the people who feel terrible. So yes, the whole spectrum is treatable.
Richard Jacobs: Oh, very interesting. I wonder if the CPAK, I guess is forced air, the same person in the throat. You think that just compounds the problem or creates a dependency upon the machine or what do you think is the mechanism of interaction there?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, absolutely, In fact, all the mechanical treatment that we do has a negative side effect all of it. I mean she CPAK mandibular advancement that dentures to open the airway, they all have negative side effects. The only way treats the body in the 21st century because we’re much smarter is having the bodies fixed need the body to fix the body. So that’s what we’re doing with focusing on utilizing what we have, our physiologic ability to restore health. And it’s a different approach we built the foundation. It’s not necessarily going to cure apnea, which can improve you in so many ways. And then the traditional treatments are available. I’m not saying to a legacy path machine where you’re a mandibular advancement device. I’m saying that there is a way to improve your circumstance and these devices are sometimes extremely necessary.
Richard Jacobs: what’s an example of just one of the exercises you tell people to do to increase the tone of their air passing through?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well we have a little device that provides resistance. So what happens if you can try this yourself or usually when I was saying before about the breathing out with your lips, see what want to do when you breathe in through your nose, that’s a given. But when you breathe out, if you put any kind of resistance, put your fist up against your lips and try to blow out, but you’ll feel and you’ll look in the mirror and see your neck expand your, you’re expanding that tube, that airways. So what you do is when you breathe in through your nose, we have a little device that could breathe out through. You’re breathing in through your nose and you’re breathing out through your mouth with your lips pursed and resist. I mean, so it expands your airway.
Now the most important expansion that the airway is the lateral expansion, not the anterior poster area. What we’re doing now, the traditional treatment is to bring the jaw forward, which enter through the upholstery expansion the airway, but for treating apnea, their tongue is slipping back and closing off the entire airway for 10 seconds. But if the airway is toned wider, the tongue slips back. It doesn’t close the airways. The airway is too wide for that. A correct airway should be 36 millimeters wide it won’t close that entire airway, and also as a member, I look at airways now, if I see an airway that’s collapsing from the side, I know I can fix it. It’s not that hard. Those are redundant lateral pharyngeal folds that are collapsing inward. We can pone that, make the airway wider. And you’re much healthier by virtue of that much healthier. That’s a tremendous, yeah.
Richard Jacobs: Do an exercise. I’m just making one off. Yeah. Reading through your nose and then you put a straw in your mouth and breathe out as the straw or your, your lips so that it exerts back pressure. Would that part with that radially expand your throats and would that be a good way to tone your throat? And it would I guess affected in all directions and enter the stereo.
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, that was brilliant. That would work just totally brilliant and exactly correct.
Richard Jacobs: Okay. But you have your own protocol to do all these things?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Things that are combined actually, first of all, it goes in depth because you have to breathe with your diaphragm. You have to breathe with your stomach if you understand the importance for, let me give you a little bit more knowledge. When you breathe in, when your diaphragm drops, that’s how you breathe in you create more volume in the chest, a cavity in the air, come in through your nose, mouth whatever. But you’re dropping your diaphragm. And to do that you use your stomach muscles to do it by expanding your stomach, which is correct breathing, you’re actually pulling on the Fascia. This action helps to move the cerebral spinal fluid upward. And then when you breathe out, you really pushed the cerebral spinal fluid up, uh, and that’s necessary for maintaining your pituitary and your pineal gland.
It removes the waste pools the gland, the pituitary gland and also, when you’re breathing properly contrary to what we were taught in school, the bones in your skull and moving the most critical bone of all the central bone is just feel annoyed that she gets 22 bones of the face and skull and this sphenoid it interacts with the majority of them. So if it can affect sphenoid and we can get this sphenoid imbalance the jaw is attached to this sphenoid, so that aligns to the jaw. But also the movement of the sphenoid is extremely important and the action to the pituitary gland. So you have the whole endocrine system now becomes involved. So you see how complex this is, how you evaluate the person, what’s happening today. Everybody’s in a cookie cutter mold. You know, if you come in and you go to a physician and you’ll have an airway problem, they put you on a sheet CPAP. If you have an airway problem, you go to the dentist, they put you on a mandibular advancement appliance. In my mind, this is not adequate.
I start to evaluate a patient from the three-dimensional cone beam scan. We look at the airway, we look at the craniofacial development, we measured development, we see where the deficiencies are and we addressed treatment towards a deficiency and this is I believe appropriate treatment
Richard Jacobs: It makes total sense I am backtracking a little bit. What do you see the effects of people that have had braces, Invisalign, traditional braces, etc. versus people at Hagans. Is it on the whole a beneficial thing or a negative thing?
Dr. Ted Belfor: All right, here’s the story. Is a crooked teeth or a symptom of your lack of creating a facial development primitive cultures that basically developed when they had proper full development their Teeth were perfectly straight. We still have a culture in the world with are straight. So when you have crooked teeth, all it is telling us that you don’t have full cranial facial development. When you have crooked teeth. There are telling us that need that cranial facial development and you need your airway tone you need all of this work done. So the biggest mistake, of course, is removing which in effect is extrusive and things to draw back within the tongue down the throat. So horrible. So the folks that practice maxillary development and palatal expansion, by the way, I can talk about palatal expansion in the story, but they’re in the right direction. You don’t want to take teeth out and basically with the additional line, unfortunately, they practice slenderizing where they compromised the teeth by narrowing them with diamond strips and, and bring the teeth together. So what you really want is to George about the bone. It’s not about the teeth. The teeth are all symptoms. You want to develop the jaw bone, we want to develop the bone. You want to develop the face and the airway. You develop it, you have a good foundation the rest is easy.
Richard Jacobs: Yeah, maybe if you can talk a little bit expansion, and what happens when you’re getting braces or Invisalign? You said you talked a little bit more about what Invisalign does and why it does it in a way that’s not proper. And maybe contrast it to regular braces people.
Dr. Ted Belfor: I’m not saying it’s not proper it, but people want straight teeth. Invisalign is wonderful. I mean straight into teeth and predictable work and that effect, it depends on what your goal is. Well, I’m saying is that if you build a house, you want to build it on the strongest foundation passion. So if you look to developing your structure, your cranial-facial structure and then straighten your teeth, you’ve done the Rolls Royce of treatment. If you straighten your teeth without first developing the foundation, you might have a nice smile.
It’s going to be a little too narrowly. And I can read as well. So it’s two different protocols. I’m not saying that one is bad. I’m not saying that it’s wrong either. I’m just saying that there was another protocol that has not yet been explored because the profession does not get recognized what I’m saying, they do not recognize cranial facial dystrophy. The lack of cranial facial dystrophy the profession does not recognize toning the airway.
Richard Jacobs: Well, let’s say you know, I have a child that’s 12 years old, the teeth are crooked and you know, the orthodontist says, all right, we’ll put the braces. Is there another way to intervene using some, or all of the methods you’ve developed to get the effect of teeth straightening along with the proper cranial facial development? Could you help someone’s crooked teeth just by other methods other than braces you think?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well, let me say number one, the ideal time to treat a child ages seven through 10, uh, is the ideal time because at that point there is developmental system using lots of dynamic brackets the bio block system developed by John Knew in England, which was sensation seven through 10. That’s pretty much the limit. But what you can do is horizontal development. Horizontal development is what you need to develop your airway. You get the proper, the way we’re supposed to develop forward enough word. But after that there is at age 12, there are many competent orthodontists who can develop the jaw in the teenage years but let me make it perfectly clear. The term palatal expansion is banded through using the latest software from the Mayo Clinic. I’ve looked at it and what’s really developing or remodeling other changing is the bone pallet that’s called the abulus process. That’s where the bone, where the teeth sit and that’s really where the change takes place and you get wider and bigger and more rooms for your teeth and they look a beautiful smile. The pallet itself, the hard palate is affected by this so-called power of expansion. But the pallet itself in an adult would have to break into palatine suture to get developed. And that would be painful. Adult palliate expansion is not the way to go slow, or they call it slow expansion.
It’s not really expanding the Palette, but it works. I mean, it gives you a bigger straighten teeth.
Richard Jacobs: So there are palliate expansions, supposedly a byproduct of braces or is it a completely different of course infrequent?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Well no, probably it’s two different questions. Braces, when you put braces brackets and wires or frustrating teeth there is also an AUX system that is designed for expanding New York’s 12, but they used different systems, slow expansion with different appliances. You have to crank them which screw system that expands and basically it provides a continual force on teeth which allows the bone to remodel. I’m not a proponent of that. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it, but I’m a student of Jay Mau and they believe in cyclical, intimate like signaling which can straighten, can make the bone remodel and straightened teeth.
It’s not as efficient as the orthodontic treatment with traditional orthodontics but it does a job physiologically correctly, it gets the proper signaling that the body recognizes when we grow. Every time we swallow, our tongue sends a cyclical, intimate and light force to the membrane around the teeth and that’s what the body recognizes. Now the periodontal ligament is brilliant. It’s the ligament that surrounds a two spot. And as we’re growing the teeth move through the bone exactly where they’re supposed to be. And then they pop out of the bone and guess what? They have a beautiful smile that’s amazing which all because the periodontal ligament and the gene, the DNA are in communication. So by signaling the periodontal ligament, which is in communication with our DNA, we can get amazing results. The periodontal ligament in the cranial sutures their anatomy is the same. They have the ability to communicate to our genes and that’s what I work with
Richard Jacobs: Amazing, So far beyond the normal dentistry.
Dr. Ted Belfor: No, I’ve been at 15 years ahead of the professions. What happened? I mean, nobody’s or verify that.
Richard Jacobs: I brought it up very, very briefly, but what areas do you see that your knowledge is lacking? You know, or that dentistry is not taking into account at all? Like, again, you know the microbiome of the mouth and the throat and all that. And you looked at that or do you see that’s not really a major factor and playing into what’s going on?
Dr. Ted Belfor: Oh, of course. It’s a major factor and I recommend a, a book by Dr. Steven Lin. He’s a friend of mine lives in practices and Sydney, Australia. It’s called the dental diet. Steven Lin and his focus is the microbiome and its relationship one of the body’s key communication that’s Epigenetic. The food we eat is totally epigenetic because the body responds to whatever food we put in our body and to a microbiome, the microbiology of the mouth and the gut. I mean, that’s epigenetic that’s talking to how the body functions. And Steven Lin wrote an amazing book, The Dental Diet, and if anybody’s interested in that they can check it on Amazon.
Richard Jacobs: Okay. So what’s the best way for folks to find out more about your work and maybe getting contact with questions or collaboration or to purchase one of your protocols to improve their airway tone? How can they follow up?
Dr. Ted Belfor: They need to contact and dentist tell them that they are interested in the homeo block. Basically, remember talking about a homeostatic capacity and homeostasis. Homeo block is my appliance and has their dentist contact me and I can frame the dentist and they can provide the same services that I provide. I’ve trained a number of dentists all over the country, all over the world.
Richard Jacobs: Well very good. And if anyone wants to see in particular the thing that you created and are working on, is there a website or find out more about you?
Dr. Ted Belfor: well I have a website, I haven’t done much with it in quite some time. It’s called facial development.com. So if you go on a facial development.com it’s my contact information I don’t have a lot of literature too to hand out at this time, particularly because I’m applying for FDA approval and CFTA can’t make any statement we can’t write literally true or make a statement and get your approval. So we’re very close FDA approval may be as much of the way.
Richard Jacobs: Okay, all right. Well very good. I really appreciate you coming on the podcast and you know you are like a fire hose of information about sleeping and dentistry that I haven’t heard before, thanks everything so far.
Dr. Ted Belfor: It’s my pleasure and I hope some dentists here this and if they’re interested in contacting me, I love to open to hearing from any of the doctor’s dentist, nose and throat doctor, anybody I have a lot of input and look forward to.
Richard Jacobs: All right, very good.
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