Frequently Asked Questions

Orthotropics is a branch of dentistry that specialises in treating malocclusion by guiding the growth of the facial bones and correcting the oral environment. This treatment creates more space for the teeth and tongue. The main focus of this approach is to correct a patients oral and head posture.

  • Is it hard to do?

    Yes, this treatment is only for committed individuals. If we are asking your child to change their posture, then we are asking them to change themselves. This will take time, commitment and full parental support.

  • How long does it take?

    The active treatment takes between 14 months and 2 years. After this you enter the active retention phase, wearing the brace at night only, with swallowing and postural exercise. As this treatment guides growth, a brace at night and exercise should continue until the end of growth at 14 for girls and 16 for boys.

  • Is it expensive?

    It is about twice as expensive as traditional orthodontics, however it takes about 10 times as much clinical time for the clinician, and many expensive braces are used. Typically treatment costs £5,200 to £12,500.

  • Does it hurt?

    It should never hurt but can be uncomfortable and inconvenient even hurting if worn incorrectly. However, it is not as painful as conventional railway tracks in the teenage years and unlike “fixed” appliances Orthotropic® appliances hardly show.

  • Will we regret it?

    Although some children stop treatment because they do not have the necessary commitment very few fail to gain some advantage. The treatment is fail safe and there is still time to resort to more traditional methods that are then easier due to the advantage gained.
    Our experience shows us that families rarely regret the treatment, despite the commitment it requires. We have often been asked to treat siblings of patients that did not comply, as parents can see where the failure lies. Please see our testimonials and gallery to see what other parents have said.

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
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
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 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
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
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