Conventional orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth. Biobloc addresses your jaw.
Some people may benefit from orthodontic treatment alone. There are those, however, who experience a facial transformation through the forward growth of the jaw. BioblocOrthotropics® is a system designed by John Mew to encourage forward growth of the face. What we often see with this treatment is healthier jaw joints, a larger airway, and a broad smile to the corners of the mouth.
The origins of the word “Orthodontic”stem from the Greek words “straight” and “teeth”. To date, the purpose of orthodontic treatment is to do just that; straighten the teeth. This is typically accomplished with brackets and wires of metal or tooth-colored material.
Orthotropics treatment is focused on how your teeth are positioned relative to your face. This process, developed in the 1950s has a completely different philosophy. Dr. Mew believed that misaligned teeth were the result of poor oral posture, not genetics. His theory is that poor oral posture reduces the growth potential of the upper jaw, which tends to then be more narrow and set back. Similarly, the lower jaw also grows downwards and towards the neck, rather than forward and upward.
The intent of orthotropic treatment is to encourage proper growth in the jaw. Naturally, one would surmise that BioblocOrthotropics® are most effective in younger patients whose jaws are still developing. The treatment is suitable for patients as young as three, and should be started no later than the age of 10.
Healthier jaw joints and wider airways
There was a time when we believed that what mattered was accomplishing ideal alignment between teeth. As we learned more about orthotropic treatment, we discovered our initial thoughts were limited. We now understand that the movement of teeth naturally affects the positioning of the jaw, facial balance, and even the airway. Many of the results of BioblocOrthotropics® are felt, not seen. It is these effects, however, that us at Living Wellness Dental find most exciting.
Forward development and the jaw
One young lady featured in a video of ours, Sydney, was unhappy with the look of her teeth. She also had experienced clicking in her jaw and severe pain in the joints that spread around her ears. These symptoms had been ongoing since she was a child. After we explained the details and benefits of the BioblocOrthotropics® procedure, she agreed to undergo treatment. After a series of appointments and adhering to a client-specific treatment plan based upon findings from our clinical experience, Sydney was able to reach her desired health-related and aesthetic outcomes from treatment.
Forward development and the airway
BioblocOrthotropics®, in its ability to promote forward growth rather than the opposite, gives the airway more room to expand as needed. Downward growth of the jaw, in contrast, leads to restriction. The evidence we have seen in before-and-after images of our own patients solidifies the benefit of BioblocOrthotropics® on the airway.
A broad smile that is complete to the corners of the mouth
When we smile, what others should see is our teeth, not our gums and more. If you are to take mental note of a person with an attractive smile, you will notice that they smile broadly, and that their entire face is in harmony. Often, a strong chin is a part of this attractive smile. This is all a part of optimal jaw development.
Just as our body’s change, so do our mouths. Teeth grow and shift. These changes may either promote attractiveness in the smile, or inhibit it. There are several ways to promote beauty in the smile itself, but we are convinced that BioblocOrthotropics® is the optimal treatment for creating facial harmony, comfort, and health.
Orthotropics makes room for teeth, so no extractions are needed
The orthodontic approach, which is concerned primarily with straightening the teeth, may include the extraction of permanent teeth before braces are applied. Why? Because the jaw is often not developed enough to allow optimal growth of larger permanent teeth. BioblocOrthotropics® is designed to improve the entire jaw in addition to straightening the teeth.
The initial phase of treatment is focused on jaw expansion. We call this the Expansion phase; the time during which patients wear a removable “expander” appliance that promotes forward growth of the upper jaw. When the jaw is properly expanded, teeth are given the room needed to grow into their proper positioning. Following the Expansion phase, patients’ progress to wearing the Biobloc appliance, which promotes the forward growth of the lower jaw to meet the upper, further promoting healthy alignment.
Some patients may undergo orthodontic treatment to perfect their smile, although this is often not necessary.
BioblocOrthotropics® may be new to you. To learn more, watch our videos and then contact our office for more information and for a consultation for you or your loved ones!