Orthotropics is face-focused and airway-centered orthodontic treatment which guides the growth of the face from early childhood. The teeth align by themselves without the need for extractions or further orthodontic treatment. This improves not only dental health, but also facial structure, breathing and posture. Further benefits are growing self confidence and improved academic performance, through improved breathing.
The essence of Orthotropics is to influence the correct growth of a child's face. The younger the child, the greater and quicker are the benefits. In young children bones are malleable and therefore the treatment quickly brings huge benefit to the patient. For this reason, it is worth starting treatment as early as possible.
The ideal age to start treatment is around 7 years old. The growth potential is still big and the child usually cooperates very well.
Starting the treatment later, especially after 9 years of age is more difficult.
Orthotropics gives children a healthy beautiful smile, with no extractions needed later. We optimise the facial growth and guide it in the direction it should be going. A bit like a beautiful bonsai tree.
As the attractiveness of the face grows, so does the child's vital function (breathing). In the meantime the teeth become straight as a welcome side effect.
Thanks to Orthotropics the direction of facial growth can be changed from the abnormal one (which usually goes down and back) to the normal one (which goes forward).
All the teeth well aligned and stable for life (without extractions).
Calm, efficient, nasal breathing is a pre-requisite to child's general health and its physical and mental development.
The clinician and the parents join up in a team to treat the young patient.
Orthotropics is a lifestyle change. Parents support their child daily during oral myofunctional and postural exercises.
Over time, the child will keep correct oral posture (i.e. 'doing Mewing') effortlessly and constantly.
Start young, because growth potential ensures that improvement is certain and of greater degree.
Please, make sure that diet of your child includes plenty of hard foods as they stimulate jaw development.
First (easier) part of treatment is preparation: expanding the arches so all the teeth can align spontaneously. It is done with removable braces.
The gains achieved by expansion are complemented by carefully selected exercises. This ensures life - long stability of perfectly aligned teeth.
On the initial consultation we will evaluate if your child is an easy case (treatment simpler and shorter) or a difficult case (requiring full course of Orthotropics treatment). It is worth coming with your child early, because easy cases (when young) often turn into difficult cases when older. Standard measurements are taken and parents are presented with treatment plan, estimated length and cost.
Prevention is better than cure.
Treatment length and cost depends on severity of the case.
Finally, the result is a beautiful, happy face with good breathing. Maintaining Closed Oral Posture (i.e. 'Mewing') is a crucial for good facial aesthetics, lasting improvement in breathing and perfectly straight teeth.