SETTING YOUR CHILD UPFOR GREAT ORAL HEALTH
Orthodontics Versus Orthotropics
You may be wondering the difference between orthodontics and orthotropics. To put it simply, orthodontics focuses on just straightening the teeth, while orthotropics focuses on proper facial development. Think of it like this: the former addresses symptoms while the latter address the underlying cause. With orthotropics, your child will have a more proportional face, stronger jawline, more open airway, and more. By treating the entire facial structure, and not just the teeth, we can help your child avoid a whole host of aesthetic and health concerns in the future!
Common Signs Your Child May Need Orthotropics
Wondering if your child might benefit from orthotropics? Here are some symptoms to look out for. If you read through the list and you’re still unsure whether or not your child needs orthotropics, that’s okay! Our team of doctors are happy to provide an evaluation and give their professional recommendation. Treatment is most successful with children between the ages of four and ten. The younger someone is, the easier it is to adjust their jaw.
Symptoms Can include:
- Crowded Teeth
- Open Mouth (while in resting position during day & night)
- Breathing Issues
- Dry Lips
- Thumb Sucking
Potential Risks of Not Seeking Orthotropic Treatment
If patients wait too long to address their jaw posture, the symptoms can potentially get worse and may not be able to be remedied without surgery.
If your child needs orthotropic treatment and does not get it, it increases their chance of having:
- Crooked or Crowded Teeth
- Flat and/or Longer Face
- Weak or Receding Chin
- Mouth Breathing
- Sleep Apnea
- Stressed Jaw Joints
- TMJ Issues