Orthotropics – early intervention orthodontics for growing jaws


Orthotropics is the discipline of developing correct growth in children via non-invasive means. The ideal age for patients to start treatment is between 3-6 and 7-10 years of age. Children of these age groups still possess craniofacial growth potential. We can guide, recapture or make corrections via simple therapies, if the growth of the jaws is deficient.

Why we treat early:

• We believe genetically we have the potential for perfect balance

• Environmental factors guide or misguide growth

• In the “nature/nurture” argument we believe in the “nurture”

• If we deal with the root cause of the misguidance, the poor oral posture, then changes with our appliances are naturally retained and “cures” are possible

• When dealt with early, there is less work to redirect misguided growth

• Once puberty sets, the growth is set

What is involved in the treatment:

• Depends on each individual child as the programmes are tailored to suit each patient

• Depends on the severity and age

• May involve muscle retraining, expansion plates, limited braces, and growth guidance plates

• The dentists will be able to provide accurate exact answers once records have been taken

How long it takes:

It may take somewhere from 6 to 18 months depending upon the severity of the problem.

How much it costs:

The cost depends on the severity of the problem. There are flexible payment plan options available .

Here are some of the benefits of Early Intervention Orthotropics :

• Improved oral health: Early intervention can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems.

• Better bite: Early Intervention orthodontics can help to correct bite problems, which can improve chewing, speaking, and breathing.

• Enhanced facial aesthetics: Early Interventions Orthodontics can improve the appearance of the face and smile.

• Boosted self-esteem:Early Orthodontics can help children feel more confident about their smile.

If you are concerned about your child’s oral health, talk to us at Main St Dental Bacchus Marsh. Principal dentist Dr Saba Farooq is extremely experienced and fully trained to look after your young ones. And children love her too.