Improving Your Child’s Smile With Orthotropic Care

livonia orthotropics for kids

As we age, our jaw and oral structures grow alongside the rest of our face, but if complications in the process occur, this could lead to discomfort, poor breathing, and issues with facial structure. However, your Livonia, MI, dentist could correct these issues in children with our orthotropic treatment, which employs a custom and comfortable oral appliance system.

When Children Need Orthotropics

When complications occur in the growth of a child’s jaw and facial structure, this could impact how teeth erupt, and narrow air passages. As a result, children could have difficulty resting properly, experience poor facial esthetics, and could experience poorer dental health. Which is why we offer orthotropic care, which is designed to help guide the growth, correct these issues, and in the long-term, improve oral and overall health as well. But how do you know if your little one may benefit from this treatment?

Common Symptoms

Children with these concerns often have trouble resting properly and as a result may feel moody, be prone to outbursts and tantrums, and have trouble staying focused in school missing emotional and educational milestones. Trouble going to sleep, walking up, and staying in bed are common, as are night terrors. Sleep walking, talking, and kicking is common too. If these symptoms describe your child, let us know. Often, kids could be misdiagnosed with ADHD due to behavioral issues that stem from poor sleep, as the narrow air passages often cause them to stop breathing briefly and wake frequently in the night.

Treatment Options

We don’t have to rely on surgery to correct these issues, instead we have a custom-fitted Biobloc or Homeoblock™ oral appliance that is worn as your child sleeps. The device fits comfortably, and helps guide the growth of your jaw and facial pictures. We could also discuss treatments to address uneven teeth and imbalanced bites. Not only will your little one rest easier, this could improve behavior during the day, correct facial symmetry, and lower the risk of dental misalignment. Your little one is also less likely to develop sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) in their teen and adult years.

If you have any questions about our approach to childhood orthotropic treatment, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your little one, then contact our team today.


We would like to help prevent complications in your child’s teeth and adult years by addressing compromise airflow easily. For more information on how we guide the growth of little smiles and improve overall oral health in the process, then call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400. You can also visit our office at 15873 Middlebelt Rd Suite 100 Livonia, MI 48151.