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With a philosophy of natural growth guidance, the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics promotes Biobloc Orthotropics. This method is a natural way to have straight teeth, a balanced face, and a maximum airway. Orthotropics is a method of facial growth guidance which changes unfavorable vertical growth to more favorable horizontal growth.
Biobloc orthodontics was developed to address what some may consider to be the shortcomings of conventional orthodontics. As orthodontics is used to merely straighten teeth, orthotropics have several goals within its treatment. First goal is to optimize facial development by getting upper and lower jaws both ideally positioned forward in the face. The second goal is to correct poor rest oral posture. This is what contributes to produce unfavorable growth in the first place.
These goals are achieved in multiple steps. The first step is to move the upper front teeth to their ideal position in the face. This is done by wearing a removable appliance (called a Hang Expancer) 24 hours a day for 4-6 months. This simultaneously widens the upper jaw and increases the space for the tongue to be positioned properly to the roof of the mouth. Once the upper front teeth are in their ideal positions, a second removable appliance (called the Biobloc) is used to posture the lower jaw forward into a more ideal position in the face. The Biobloc is also to be worn for 24 hours a day, only allowed to be removed when eating or brushing. Adjustments are made on the appliance every few weeks, and treatment may be completed in 6-8 months depending on severity of the case and patient compliance.
There is a definite difference between orthotropics and orthodontics. Traditional orthodontics focuses on straightening teeth and often retracts them in the face. Orthotropics strives to develop the entire face forward, thus creating an attractive facial appearance. These changes occur through movements and remodeling of the bones of the head. Orthodontics can be done at any age, while orthotropics is most effective under the age of ten. Of course, “ortho” treatment will be recommended by your general dentist, if need be. At that point, assessment can be made to see if orthodontics or orthotropics is the correct measure.
At Theriot Family Dental Care, we don’t practice orthodontics. However, in practicing pediatric dentistry, we do fit children for retainers. Dr. John Theriot and staff practice gentle and caring dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Check out our website and Facebook page for more information today!
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