Orthotropics

ORTHOTROPICS IN EPSOM, AUCKLAND

Orthotropic treatment uses removable orthodontic appliances to help guide the mouth to grow into the optimal bite position and shape. This treatment was first introduced by Prof. John Mew, an English orthodontist, in the 1950s as he was concerned about the increasing severity he was seeing of crowded teeth and bad bites.

ORTHOTROPICS IN EPSOM, AUCKLAND

The Orthotropic philosophy is based on the premise that crooked teeth and bad bites are caused by the face growing incorrectly. We have noticed that those who have problems with their teeth have longer faces – or what we call a vertically growing face. Those who had naturally straight teeth had more forward growing faces and attractive profiles – or what we call a horizontally growing face. Guiding the growth of the jaws helps address and prevent overcrowded teeth and poor biting relationships between the upper and lower jaws. Normally this treatment can be done without the need for jaw surgery and without the need for tooth extractions. Around the age of 7 years of age is a great time to assess if your child would benefit from Orthotropic treatment.

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HOW DOES ORTHOTROPIC TREATMENT WORK?

Orthotropic treatment works by using removable orthodontic appliances to guide the development and growth of the muscles, teeth and bone into the ideal shape and relationship with each other in a non-surgical, non-extraction way.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The treatment time will dependent on each patient’s requirements. A simple case may take less than 6 months while a more severe case may take up to 2 years.

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How do I know if my child’s face is not growing correctly and that their teeth will get crowded?

Once the upper front adult teeth come through, around the age of 7 years old, you can usually tell if there are going to be problems with the teeth. We use a simple measurement of the distance from the tip of the upper front teeth to the tip of the nose. When measuring this number and relating it to the child’s age there is a simple formula used to help assess how the face is growing. The higher the measurement from the ideal, the more vertical the face has grown. Download your own ruler to measure your child and follow the instructions to see how they are going. Although this is only used as a guide it is very simple to do and surprisingly accurate.

 
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THE RESULTS OF ORTHOTROPICS

Orthotropic treatment focuses on creating space to accommodate all the adult teeth, alleviate crowding and produce a more balanced facial profile. Orthotropic treatment creates a full profile, a wide natural smile, a more open airway (addressing breathing problems such as asthma, mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnoea), and promotes the healthy positioning of the jaw joints (TMJs). Talk to us today about how Alpers Dental can transform your child’s face, mouth and life! Contact our dental office in Epsom, AU at (09) 524-5056.

 
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Orthotropics January 4, 2015