Orthotropics is a branch of dentistry that specialises in treating malocclusion by guiding the growth of the facial bones and correcting the oral environment. This treatment creates more space for the teeth and tongue. The main focus of this approach is to correct a patients oral and head posture.
A Malocclusion is a misalignment between the upper and lower teeth so that they do not fit together correctly when chewing or biting. This condition can be described crowded, crooked or protruding teeth and is also referred to as an ‘irregular bite’, ‘crossbite’, ‘overjet’, ‘overbite’ or ‘underbite’
It is generally assumed that the way that we grow is predetermined by our genes and that crooked teeth are genetic. But why is it then that, from fossils and skeletal remains, it is apparent that before modern civilisation the human race had near perfect teeth.
The occurrence of Malocclusion appears to have begun when the human race became more civilised, and their behaviours and the environment they lived in changed. None of the other 5,400 species of mammals on earth requires orthodontic treatment and the few remaining indigenous populations also have little or no need for orthodontics.
Orthotropic treatment aims to provide space in the mouth for all teeth, including the wisdom teeth. This is achieved by improving muscle tone, correcting facial posture and teaching correct swallowing patterns.
These three factors determine the direction of facial development. We use a variety of different removable appliances that help with expansion and correct posture. We also use Myofunctional training (exercises that teach correct swallowing and muscle function)