There are several reasons we advocate intervention much earlier than traditional orthodontics.
With our treatment we aim to gently guide the growth of the face and correct poor facial posture. Facial growth guidance is easiest and most effective before the age of 10 when facial bones rapidly begin to stiffen. After this treatment, although still effective, may achieve less dramatic improvements.
Patient compliance is also a key part of our treatment programme. Without improvements in poor facial posture and correct appliance wear Orthotropic treatment will not be effective. We find that younger children are compliant, willing to wear appliances and learn and carryout facial strengthening exercises. As children approach puberty and early adolescence they become less eager to please, less willing to wear appliances or to work to change poor facial posture. The Orthotropic approach requires total compliance and commitment from the patient (and parent) without this treatment results will be compromised. As a result less compliant older children are more difficult to treat.