Similar words, different meanings.
Orthodontics, likely the more recognizable term of the two, is a specialty within dentistry that focusses on the correction of crooked or misaligned teeth and jaw. With Orthotropics, the focus is on facial development. Poor facial development can be the root cause of a crooked smile. Using this method, we can help your child attain a proportional face, a stronger jaw and open airways.
Treatment will help keep them healthy and avoid future dental work. Orthodontics works to address such problems using braces and retainers to correct the smile. This type of treatment works best with kids who are between ages four and ten. If your child is snoring or sleeping with an open mouth, has crowded teeth or dry lips, sucks his or her thumb, or has any other breathing problems, it’s worth speaking to your dentist about the possibility of orthotropic therapy.
Dr. Mitchell is experienced and happy to provide braces and/or any other high-quality service for the whole family.