Sometimes, the need for orthotropic treatment can be more obvious than at other times. For example, depending on the severity of your child’s oral and/or facial misalignment, it can visibly affect their smile and facial features, the way their bite functions, and more. Or, the misalignment may not be immediately noticeable until a comprehensive examination reveals it. At our Livonia, MI, dental office, we can help you determine if orthotropics is a good idea for your child, and how the treatment may be beneficial both now and in the long run.
When your child’s bite seems misaligned
If you do notice that your child’s teeth, jawbone, and/or other oral structures seem uneven or off-balance, then you should definitely mention it during your child’s next dental visit. If it’s visibly noticeable to you, then it will likely be visible to your dentist. After a thorough examination, we can help you determine if orthotropics is the best option for correcting the misalignment, or if orthodontic treatment may be a more appropriate solution.
When your child seems to have trouble sleeping
Orthotropics isn’t just about correcting smile alignment; it’s about ensuring all of your child’s oral and facial structures develop proportionately, symmetrically, and with the ability to function optimally. One of the common benefits of this correction is a reduced risk of sleep breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea, that could be leading to lost sleep. If your child seems tired and exhausted, has trouble concentrating or behaving at school, or snores constantly throughout the night, then orthotropics may be the optimal solution for correcting it.
When your child has bruxism, chronic headaches, and more
In addition to bite misalignment and sleep breathing troubles, improperly developed oral and facial structures can have several direct impacts on your child’s bite health and function. For example, the inability of your child’s teeth to meet each other properly can lead to habits such as bruxism, or habitual teeth-grinding. This can also lead to damaged teeth, chronic headaches and migraines, and more.
Find out if orthotropics can help your child
By correcting the course of your child’s oral and facial development, orthotropics can result in a wide range of benefits for your child’s immediate and long-term health and wellbeing. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.