Simply put, Orthotropics® is a specific type of “Facial Growth Guidance.” You mean the facial growth can be influenced? YES. Many studies have shown that the way the face grows can be negatively affected by postural changes – for example, by mouth breathing. So, if the face can change for the worse with improper posture, Orthotropics® is basically changing it for the better with proper posture.
Within the NAAFO, the term Orthotropics® is only used to describe the technique which involves maxillary expansion and forward development of the maxillary anterior teeth, followed by the wearing of an appliance which postures the mandible forward without allowing the mandible to retract the maxilla, all with the goal of optimizing rest oral posture. While the Mews have said, “Eight is too late, Orthotropics® is most effective from ages 5 to 9 or 10. It can work for some children who are even older, but the results may be more limited and larger spacing may result between upper back teeth.