We are pleased to offer our younger patients an exciting alternative to traditional orthodontics called orthotropics. The term orthotropics comes from the Greek words orthos (straight) and tropos (growth).
While traditional orthodontics focuses on straightening teeth, orthotropics focuses on straightening teeth while improving the shape and contours of the face. With this new technique, the growth of the upper and lower arches of a patient are guided horizontally, allowing them to develop naturally. This is accomplished with an appliance supported by postural training of the tongue, lips, and cheeks.
The important benefits of a properly developed jaw are that patients:
Orthotropics for patients is not new. It was developed in the 1950s by Dr. John Mew, a British orthodontist who was seeking a better alternative for his patients. He recognized that for many young patients, traditional orthodontics would only straighten teeth, and could prevent the proper and esthetically attractive development of the facial structure. Over many years, Dr. Mew refined his techniques and his field of orthotropics.
Dr. Firlik recognizes the advantages of orthotropics and has treated many of her patients with it. She would be happy to discuss it with you if you have a young boy or girl who might benefit from this option. For more information about this procedure, please visit this site:
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And Dr. Firlik has introduced another option for her orthotropics patients: the Advanced Light Force (ALF) appliance. The ALF appliance is light and comfortable, easy to wear, and produces superior results, like those of other appliances that she has used for many years. The ALF appliance also allows the upper and lower dental arches to grow and develop naturally while straightening teeth.
Dr. Firlik can restore your smile with the benefits of orthotropics..
To request an appointment, call Firlik Family Dentistry in Grand Rapids, MI at (616) 361-0603.
Firlik Family Dentistry
6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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