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 process, the growth of the upper and lower arches of a young 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.
Other 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 might not straighten teeth. Additionally, traditional orthodontics 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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Dr. Firlik can restore your smile with the benefits of orthotropics that reshapes fascial contours.
To request an appointment, call Firlik Family Dentistry at (616) 361-0603.
Firlik Family Dentistry
6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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