By moving your upper and lower jaws forward, we are able to change bone structure and oral posture so your tongue, lips, and cheeks hold teeth in their optimal positions. While orthotropics are most effective for children younger than 9 years old, our dentists can help you straighten teeth without braces at any age.
Benefits of orthotropics:
- Straighten teeth
- Avoid wisdom tooth removal
- Avoid tooth extraction
- Set up development of sinus and airway system
- Achieve your best possible facial features
Crooked or crowded teeth can be fixed naturally by encouraging your jaws to grow. That way, your teeth will have plenty of space to straighten out. During orthotropic treatment we’ll use different removable oral appliances to expand the upper and lower jaws, which will make room for your teeth and tongue. The goal of orthotropics is more than just teeth straightening—it’s about making room for all the teeth in your mouth, including wisdom teeth.
While braces simply straighten teeth, orthotropics solve the root of the problem by encouraging the upper and lower jaws to move forward. As long as you wear your removable appliances all day (only taking them out to brush teeth and eat) you should see results within 6 to 8 months. Keep in mind that the complexity of your case will also determine how long you’ll need facial orthotropics.
The dentists at GR Family Dental are dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles and oral health through orthotropics. To schedule an appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, or ask about orthotropic dentistry, call (616) 455-3020.
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