There’s orthodontics, and then there’s orthotropics. Similar words, different meanings. Read on to learn the difference between these two terms, and a bit more about each of the practices.
Orthodontics, likely the more recognizable term of the two, is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on the correction of crooked or misaligned teeth and jaw. Orthodontics works to address such problems using braces and retainers to correct the smile.
With orthotropics, the focus is on facial development. Poor facial development can be the root cause of a crooked smile. Using this method, we can help your child attain a proportional face, a stronger jaw, and open airways. Treatment will help keep your child healthy and avoid future dental work.
Who’s a Candidate for Orthotropics?
Orthotropics isn’t a necessary therapy for every patient, but there are a number of signs that can help your dentist decide if it’s right for your child. This type of treatment works best with kids who are between the ages of four and ten. If your child is snoring or sleeping with an open mouth, has crowded teeth or dry lips, sucks his or her thumb, or has any other breathing problems, it’s worth speaking to your dentist about the possibility of orthotropic therapy.
If your child is exhibiting these symptoms, don’t wait to talk to your dentist. If your child’s jaw misalignment is not addressed, the issue could get worse, and it’s possible that surgery could be needed. Children who require orthotropic treatment but never receive it are at a heightened risk for crooked teeth, sleep apnea, altered facial structure, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and other jaw disorders, and more.
Orthotropics at Dental Solutions of Columbus
If you’re looking for orthotropic treatment for your child, we’re here for you. Please contact our office. One of our team members will be happy to set up a consultation for your child. We look forward to hearing from you!