Like all fields of Dentistry, orthodontics has made considerable advancements in recent years. Among the most notable advancements is the idea that while straightening teeth was once thought to be appropriate during the teenage years, growing numbers in the orthodontic community now find it appropriate for children as early as 4-8 years old.
At Queens Road Dentistry we believe in the Biobloc Orthotropic philosophy. This means we believe in early intervention to effectively treat the underlying causes of malocclusion or crooked teeth.
Many Orthodontists simply want straight teeth without regard to the face that frames the smile. At Queens Road Dentistry we view things differently.
The Biobloc Orthotropic Philosophy is based on the idea that by the age of 12, your child’s facial growth is almost complete. It is important in many cases to begin treatment while the child is young, this will ensure orthodontic treatment is creating healthy jaw joints, a large open airway, and an esthetically balanced facial profile.
Orthodontics shouldn’t just be about straight teeth. Rather, it should be about treating the whole face and oral posture to ensure long-term exceptional results.
What is Orthotropics?
The purpose of Orthotropics treatment is to reverse unwanted facial growth and redirect growth in a more favorable direction. Also, Orthotropics is used to correct “oral posture” that has caused the face and teeth to deviate from its intended growth pattern.
Orthodontics is the traditional approach to straighten teeth. Traditional Orthodontics views the growth of the jaws as genetic and unchangeable…and as a result…Orthodontists may remove teeth to gain space to straighten crooked teeth. This can have a negative impact on facial aesthetics and the airway.
The Orthotropic philosophy views orthodontic treatment as a preventive measure designed to treat underlying causes of crooked teeth and not just the symptoms. This produces natural growth guidance for both the teeth and jaws without extractions of permanent teeth.
Early Signs that your child may need Orthodontic intervention
It can be difficult to determine whether or not your child needs Orthodontic intervention, particularly because the signs are often subtle. However, early intervention is essential to properly address poor oral posture and crowded teeth, ideally while baby teeth are still present. The most important signs include:
- Open mouth posture with lips apart when not speaking, eating or drinking
- Mouth breathing(both during the day and night)
- No space between the front baby teeth
- Uneven or poorly aligned lower front permanent teeth
- Grinding or Clenching of the teeth
- Chronic ear infections
- Bedwetting that persists past the age of 3 years old
- Behavioral and/or attention problems
- Large tonsils
- Restless sleep
- Snoring or audible breathing while sleeping
The Comfortable, Convenient Alternative to Braces
Invisalign works through a series of clear aligner trays made specifically for your smile. The trays themselves are made from smooth, comfortable plastic that is designed to gradually move your teeth to their proper position.
By changing your retainers every two weeks , you’ll slowly achieve the results you want without the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional braces.
Contact our team today at 704-334-5306 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Norman or to further discuss Orthodontic treatment.