We strongly advocate preventative medicine. Early detection is an essential part of the Orthotropic treatment process. We emphasize the importance of early detection and treatment because of the rapidly stiffening nature of facial bones between the ages of 7 and 10. Treatment is best completed while baby teeth are still in place. Early adolescent patients tend to be less disciplined and are more socially conscious, often refusing to wear appliances and complete muscle strengthening exercises. For the best results and care, children should begin treatment by age 7.
Our motto is- 8 is getting too late
We encourage you to evaluate your child’s situation by age 6. As a general guide, you can make a simple assessment by measuring the distance from the tip of the upper front teeth to the tip of the nose (the indicator line). This should be 28 mm at 5 years or 29 mm at 6 years and should increase 1 mm per year (see image 1).
There are several other early indicators of malocclusion to help you diagnose your child:
-No space between the front baby teeth*
-Uneven or poorly aligned lower front permanent teeth
-Loose skin beneath the eyes (i.e. shadowing) and flat cheekbones (see image 2)
-Set back upper or lower jaw with an open mouth posture
*6 year olds should have a good amount of space between all of the upper and lower front teeth. These spaces should be similar to or larger than those of the boy featured on our homepage.
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