Concerned about your child’s facial appearance or crowding teeth?

What is orthotropics?

Orthotropics literally means ‘Growth Guidance’.  Using appliances, incorrect growth of the face is corrected.  Forward growth provides room for all 32 teeth and an improved facial appearance.


Treatment will usually correct:

  • Chronic blocked nose or inadequate nasal airway
  • Crowded teeth
  • Receding chin
  • Flat cheeks
  • Tired, droopy looking eyes
  • Narrow smile
  • Inadequate tongue space
  • Speech impediments due to restricted space
  • Imbalanced looking lips
  • Facial disharmony
  • Incorrect swallowing pattern
  • Mouth hanging open
  • Asymmetrical jawline

Treatment will typically avoid or prevent:

  • Extraction of permanent teeth including wisdom teeth
  • Jaw surgery in severe cases
  • Crowding of teeth later in life
  • Worsening facial appearance
  • Protruding nose
  • Sloping forehead
  • Undesirable downward growth of the face
  • The need for treatment as a teenager or adult
  • Drooping cheeks – jowls (when older)
  • Double chin (when older)

Treatment varies between 1-3 years depending on age and severity of the problem.


Who needs, or might benefit from treatment?

Telltale signs in a child 5-9 years old include:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Regularly blocked nose
  • Inability to breathe easily through the nose only
  • Mouth hanging open
  • Mouth breathing (including sleep)
  • Droopy eyes – often white visible beneath the iris
  • Flat cheeks – cheek bone not pronounced
  • Lower lip dry and cracked
  • Thickened cheeks
  • Narrow dental arches
  • Gummy smile
  • Receding chin
  • Inability to put lips together easily
  • Speech impediment
  • Undesirable facial harmony
  • Protruding nose
  • Asymmetrical jawline

Who is orthotropics suitable for?

This treatment is generally most suitable for children aged between 7-9 years old, where orthodontics is more suitable for teenagers and adults.

If you think your child could benefit from this treatment please contact us to arrange a consultation.

If your child is over 9 years old or if you are an adult considering teeth straightening, Orthodontics or a Smile Makeover may be a suitable options.