Dr. Martha Cortes is a certified provider and instructor of the DNA appliance™, a functional system for treating TMJ…
The DNA appliance treats the teeth, jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), face and airway for optimal growth and development by engaging the patient’s underlying genetics. As one of an elite group of instructors, Dr. Cortes guides practicing dentists nationwide on the use of the DNA appliance™ through her lecture series and programs.
The DNA appliance™
This appliance engages the primary, health-driven, biological pattern to emerge by gentle stimulation of the underlying structure in both children and adults. Functional forces are used to nurture growth by gently stimulating the innate ability of tissue to grow and remodel. This functional appliance can be used in multiple dental applications.
The DNA appliance™ can be used in:
- Straightening and aesthetically developing the healthy alignment of the teeth and dental arches
- Treating TMJ disorders
- Non-surgically treating the airway space
- Reducing and eliminating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
This unique appliance, based upon a patented design, is worn like a dental or orthodontic retainer; however, it is worn only in the evening/night and gently guides the teeth, jaws, facial bones and airway into more optimal spatial positioning aiding sleep and breathing patterns. In contrast to other appliances that rely on continuous force only – which damages sensitive tissue – the DNA appliance™ applies intermittent force, providing a resting period for the tissues between nightly use.