Orthotropics is a type of dentistry that focuses on treating bad bites by guiding the growth and development of facial bones, Our dentists can provide orthotropic appliances to help normalize oral, head and neck posture as well as breathing to promote better overall health for a lifetime. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gena Schultheis and associates and learn more about orthotropic appliances in Dunkirk, Maryland, contact Calvert Smiles today at 410-257-7200.
Orthotropic treatments are used primarily to help develop better facial features and airways. Patients between the ages of 7 and 10 are the ideal candidates for orthotropic treatment, as they are still growing and developing, and their jaws, airways and facial features can be more easily guided into the optimal positions needed to improve their overall health and appearance. Orthotropic therapy is often needed to correct poor oral posture or the way the tongue, teeth and lips are positioned when at rest. An orthotropic appliance works by optimizing facial development by positing the upper and lower jaws forward in the face and creating space for the teeth and tongue to correct their position and prevent unfavorable growth and development.
Our dentists will evaluate your child’s mouth thoroughly in order to determine which type of appliance will be most effective in meeting their needs. The appliance will be custom-made to fit their mouth perfectly and provide the necessary guidance for their mouth and jaws to develop properly. We may also use myofunctional training exercises to help your child achieve correct swallowing and muscle function.
We invite you to call our office to learn more about the benefits of orthotropic appliances and schedule a consultation with our dentists.