Orthotropics Review: An Alternative to Traditional Braces

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An Orthotropics Review

I found this comment by Mr. Peter Beckwith while looking for more information on Orthotropics. His comment was in response to an article in the New York Times, The Costs of Perfecting a Smile, by Karen Barrow on January 21, 2011. If you click the link, you’ll find Mr. Beckwith’s comment posted on January 28, 2011. (Update 1/18/2018: I looked for Mr. Beckwith's comment on the NY Times article and was unable to find it. The comments now stop at January 22, 2011.) This was the most helpful review I have found.

Here's Mr. Beckwith's Orthotropics Review:

“The cost of braces runs much deeper than the financial outlay. Many of the comments here talk about childhood orthodontic work that relapsed or created problems with the look of the face, the jaw joints and airway issues (breathing). Unfortunately, the article does not go deep enough into the methods used to achieve desired results.

According to a major university in the U.S. that followed orthodontic patients over a 20 (year) period, only 10% of all orthodontic cases are successful."

Mr. Beckwith continues:

"In other words, 90% of orthodontic patients relapse to an unacceptable level. Regardless of how you spread out the payments or shop the service, that amounts to nothing more than throwing your money away. Anyone who had braces in the 80’s can simply look at their lower front teeth, see the crowding and instantly know what I am talking about.

The alternative to orthodontics is Biobloc Orthotropics. Google it. It is the only way to go.

As with anything else, a beautiful smile combined with a healthy airway and well aligned jaw joints (which should be the goals of any treatment plan, but rarely is in traditional orthodontics) does not come without effort. Your child will need to cooperate, learn to use correct oral posture, wear removable appliances 24 hours a day as instructed, talk with his or her mouth closed for a short period of time, understand that both jaws will be moved forward in the face, not backward.”

“Although this creates a beautiful profile in the end, there is an ugly duckling stage that must be endured. In this day and age of 'give it to me now on my terms and I don’t want to do any work or endure any pain,' it is the rare child who has the fortitude and family support to complete this treatment successfully. But, those who do are forever grateful that they did as they were told."

"I live in Los Angeles. Looks matter here. Nothing can shape a face and create a smile like Biobloc Orthotropics can. And, its up to the child to make it happen. If her or she has an entitlement complex, go for the fixed appliances and train tracks. You’ll probably end up with flat cheeks, a long face, a smaller airway, a recessed chin and perhap jaw joint problems down the road, but your child won’t have to do anything but make it to the appointments. Biobloc Orthotropics. If you’ve raised a child of character, Google it…you’ll be glad you did.”

When I read about Orthotropics, I found the link between braces, snoring and sleep apnea. I had traditional braces and a headgear. My lower front teeth are crooked – and I snore, much to the detriment of my husband’s sleep! None of the ear, nose and throat doctors I saw were able to determine the cause of my snoring. Dr. Bieneman, the Denver Orthotropics dentist treating my daughter, confirmed that my snoring and crooked lower front teeth are a result of traditional orthodontics.

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How did braces cause my snoring?  During sleep, the throat muscles and tongue relax. In my case, the headgear I wore pushed my teeth and top jaw back, making my airway smaller. Because the airway is smaller, when the soft palate is relaxed, it partially blocks the airflow and causes my snoring.

When straightening teeth, space in the mouth is often limited. Traditional orthodontics may remove a few teeth to make space for the rest of the teeth. Orthotropics is different because it uses forward jaw growth to make room for teeth.

I have noticed a BIG difference in the amount of pain that comes with traditional braces versus orthotropics. With traditional functional orthodontics (like my older daughter had), there is a LOT of pain as the upper jaw is expanded. My daughter would cry every time I turned her expander. Then I would cry – and we had to do this twice a day until the orthodontist told us to stop. With my younger daughter’s orthotropics, we do a quarter turn every other day. Not once has she complained of pain! 

I wish I had known about this treatment when we were looking at orthodontists for my big girl. It's a newer way of treating teeth. It isn’t widely known and there aren’t many practitioners. I do think her orthodontist did a good job, but I feel orthotropics is far superior. I wish she could have had orthotropics too. I wish I could have had orthotropics!

To learn more about Orthotropics and why we chose it for our younger daughter’s teeth, read our blog post, Braces Affect Bone Structure, Health and Beauty.

Thanks for reading Mr. Beckwith's Orthotropics Review!

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References:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/the-costs-of-perfecting-a-smile/?_r=1

Dr. James Bieneman, D.D.S.  http://yourcoloradodentist.com/orthodontics/what-is-orthotropics/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889540600370317

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