Encourage Proper Facial Development With Orthotropics in Gillette, WY
There aren’t too many bodily functions more important than breathing. You obviously want your children to breathe easily. Orthotropics, a treatment that promotes proper growth of the facial bones, ensures your kids have adequate space for their airway. This helps avoid sleep disorders like sleep apnea.Doctor David Porter on orthotropics Read Transcript
Orthotropics is a very unique type of orthodontic treatment that is done to reverse the negative effects of what's called open-mouth posture, or a face that's developing vertically. If you breathe through your nose, your face is going to develop more forward. If your mouth is slightly open, or a lot open, your face is going to develop long. As the face develops long, the airway gets smaller. As the airway gets smaller, then anybody has a more difficult time breathing.
On one little boy that I just completed an orthotropics case on, he's taken an allergy shot for most of his life every single year. Well, since we started orthotropics, in the last two years he's never needed to take an allergy shot, and we've reversed the way that his face is growing, from a vertical direction to a more horizontal direction. He will never have sleep apnea in his entire life.
It's a very unique, specific treatment that very few people are trained in, and it's certainly not the easiest treatment to do or to complete, but it has a profound impact on the child's overall health. So, if a parent and a child are motivated for a different type of result, rather than just straight teeth, orthotropics is an opportunity to get a different result aimed at more of the health of the person, rather than just the cosmetic appearance of the person.
Easier breathing isn’t the only benefit. The treatment also:
- Creates a more attractive profile.
- Minimizes or even avoids the need for future orthodontic treatment.
- Promotes a healthier, stronger jaw.
- Makes it less likely your child will ever need to have teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment.
To see if your child could benefit from orthotropic treatment, call Synergy Dental Center at 307-682-3100.
Improve Your Child’s Health With Orthotropic Treatment
Nothing is more important than your child’s health. Their facial development plays a greater role in their health than you may realize, starting from birth. Breastfeeding creates more room for dental development, so it encourages proper airway development and a more aesthetic facial profile. If you didn’t breastfeed or you weren’t able to breastfeed long enough, your child might benefit from orthotropic treatment.
As the first and only provider of orthotropic procedures in the state of Wyoming, Dr. David Porter can assess your child to see if this treatment will promote proper oral development and posture. Take this quiz to assess your child’s risk for sleep disorders or other airway issues. Then call us if you notice these behaviors in your child:Read Transcript
Here's a question for you. What would happen if your child's jaws were going
down and back in the face instead of forward?
Unfortunately faces like this had become the norm of the modern society.The upper and lower jaws have grown down and back in the face. Aside from the less appealing appearance of a face that grows this way, down in back facial development can also lead to a smaller airway, sleep-disordered breathing, snoring, behavioral problems, jaw joints that hurt and don't function properly.
A long face with a weak profile and least important but usually easiest to spot a crooked crowded or buck teeth.
Believe it or not, these symptoms tend to get worse as children grow if the problem is ignored.
When a child's face developed properly, he or she will most likely have healthier jaw joints a better-looking face, straighter teeth and by far most important a larger airway. A larger airway means better breathing, better sleeping, and better health.
So what's a parent to do?
Learn more about Orthotropics. Orthotropics move the upper front teeth into their ideal position in the face then developed the lower jaw forward which in turn leads to proper facial development. The benefits of Orthrotropics are powerful. Kids who succeeded orthotropic treatment can and have wider airways healthier joints stronger profiles in terrific smiles. The Orthotropic process is simple. Removable appliances are used to first develop the upper jaw forward then the lower jaw forward. But here's the disclaimer, simple doesn't mean easy kids and parents who want the benefits of orthotropic treatment have to be willing to stay the course.
The appliances must be worn and the kids have to stick to the program or treatment won't work. Let's go back to our original question. What would happen if your child's jaw were going down and back in the face instead of forward?
Your child could be headed towards some or all of these problems. Orthotropics works for kids as young as four and if your child is under age 10.
- Teeth that appear crowded
- An open mouth when resting
- Frequent thumb sucking
- Lips that are often dry
- Apparent difficulties in breathing, when awake and/or asleep
We use removable appliances like the Crozat appliance or ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functional) appliance to gently guide jaws that are growing down and backward to move forward. We often use appliances in combination with myofunctional therapy, which strengthens the tongue and keeps it in the proper position in your child’s mouth.
This avoids a receding chin, giving your child a more attractive profile. It also creates more room for teeth, which can avoid the need for orthodontic treatment. Perhaps most important, it helps keep their airway open at all times, so it’s easier to breathe. We have even seen it play a role in reducing our young patients’ allergies.
Interested in orthotropics? Call 307-682-3100. Our Gillette dentist office is located near Sage Bluffs Park and the Walmart Supercenter.