For Kids

At Orthotropics Health, we recommend the first orthodontics check-up for children at the age of 6 or 7, in order to detect any irregularities in the child’s bone and dental growth as early as possible.

The Orthodontics for Children in our centres covers: Interceptive orthodontics, Orthopaedics, and Orthodontics at an early age.

First Check up

  1. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
  2. Key indicators that we look for: No space between the baby teeth at 4 years old, uneven upper or lower front teeth, set back upper or lower jaw, facial lengthening, teeth meeting the wrong way around (underbite), slack open mouth resting posture.
  3. Patient compliance is also a key part of our treatment programme, we achieve this with education and patience throughout the process.
  4. Age matters. At Orthodontic Health we like to treat patients with malocclusion early. For the Orthotropic approach to be effective the earlier a patient is diagnosed as having a malocclusion the better. Ideally treatment would start between the ages of 7 and 10.
  5. You will leave your initial appointment with a good understanding of the treatment and support from our specialised team.
Charlotte's Before Treatment: Age 7 years 6 months
Charlotte's Before Treatment: Age 7 years 6 months
Charlotte After Treatment: Age 11 years 2 months
Charlotte After Treatment: Age 11 years 2 months

Diagnosis

Any child with a malocclusion will benefit from Orthotropic Treatment.

Indicators of malocclusion include:

• No space between the baby teeth at 4 years old.
• Uneven upper or lower front teeth
• Set back upper or lower jaw
• Facial lengthening
• Teeth meeting the wrong way around (underbite)
• Slack open mouth resting posture.

At Orthodontic Health we like to treat patients with malocclusion early. For the Orthotropic approach to be effective the earlier a patient is diagnosed as having a malocclusion the better. Ideally treatment would start between the ages of 7 and 10.

Our next development is to take the principles into older and older people. We are regularly accepting people up to 20 years old if they are extremely motivated and occasionally up to 30 years of age.

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.

0rthotropics For Kids

Crooked teeth are preventable! Education has the power to transform our children’s lives.

For decades crooked teeth have been accepted as just bad luck – a genetic inevitability that often requires extractions and fixed braces. This is seen almost as a rite of passage for teenagers.

However, there is increasing awareness that such treatment can exacerbate obstructive sleep apnoea and TMJ disorders, leaving people with a lifetime of health problems.

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Treatment

The Preparation Phase

This first phase of treatment aims to expand the jaws and create space for the tongue in the roof of the mouth. This phase uses upper and lower removable appliances. These may also be supplemented with head or neck gear.

This initial treatment creates a temporary malocclusion where the front teeth stick out and the upper jaw appears to be too wide.

The Training Phase

The second phase of treatment aims to teach a patient correct jaw posture and improve facial muscle tone. Over time, with good compliance, this correct posture will become the patient’s default resting position. This correct positioning will in turn allow natural alignment of the teeth and affect the craniofacial structure.

This training is carried out using removable appliances that constantly remind a patient to hold their jaw correctly and ensure good oral posture is assumed at all times. These appliances must be worn for 18-22 hours per day for approximately 18 months.

Active Retention

During this final period the training brace is worn at night only. Myofunctional exercises are given to improve the function and posture of the lips and tongue.

During this phase we also occasionally use discrete reminder appliances in the lower jaw.

Myofunctional Therapy

is specific exercises that target the facial muscles that we use to chew and swallow. The exercises help strengthen the tongue.

Treatment started when she was just eight – years before any conventional treatment would have even been offered, even though the problem with her jaw was obvious. Charlotte | Mother of Sam
Treatment started when she was just eight – years before any conventional treatment would have even been offered, even though the problem with her jaw was obvious. Sam | Mother of Alex
I would recommend orthotropics to anyone who wishes to improve not just the teeth but the whole bone structure of the face. Deidre | Mother of Samantha
My daughter started treatment here 3 years ago and what has been achieved is absolutely astonishing – I have never seen results like this in anyone before Jan Mashford
I am delighted with the highly-skilled and professional treatment my sons have received. Other treatments only offered extraction. This treatment has led to a full set of beautiful teeth. Elizabeth | Mother of Isaac And Edwin