Early Facial Growth Guidance near Highland Park, TX
Ensure Your Child’s Proper Facial Development with a Simple yet Elegant Postural Appliance System
From conception, a child’s jaw and facial bones begin to grow as a result of the “dance” between Genetics (the combination of mom and dad’s DNA) + the environment.
Mainstream orthodontics teaches that all jaw growth is genetic and cannot be changed, and that there is no way other than surgery to change your profile until later in life, after facial development and growth is complete. Orthotropics™ was developed by Dr. John Mew and has 50 years of evidence showing there is another way: by changing the oral rest posture, facial development and growth can be guided towards favorable jaw growth.
Favorable jaw growth = horizontal growth resulting in a balanced face and strong jawline. (Picture used courtesy of Dr. John Mew)
Unfavorable jaw growth = vertical growth resulting in a long face and weak jawline (Picture used courtesy of Dr. John Mew)
Proper (More horizontal facial growth) results in spaces between the baby teeth that allow room when larger, more permanent teeth emerge. Sometimes, even after upper and lower arch development with appliances to make room for the teeth, the upper and lower jaws although larger than before, can still grow vertically. This is when postural Orthotropic (™) treatment time for early facial growth guidance is indicated. (See images of proper and in-proper facial growth). Dr. Darin Ward, pediatric orthodontist near Highland Park, TX, has extensive training in Orthotropics™ with the leaders in the field, Dr. Bill Hang, Dr. Brian Hockel, and Drs. John and Mike Mew. Dr. Ward has utilized Postural Orthotropic principles he’s learned from his mentors to develop his own Orthotropic(™) appliance that combines the minimal invasiveness of the Crozat/ALF appliance while utilizing the postural aspects of the Biobloc appliance, to create a truly unique approach to postural Orthotropic(™) treatment!
What Is Orthotropics™?
Orthotropic™ treatment for children ages 3 to 12 yrs is uniquely suited to encourage favorable growth of the jaw and face and can help reduce the need for surgery or more complicated treatments later in life.
Orthotropics (™) is a holistic appliance system that is used to promote the growth of the jaws and face forward. Typically, it is used on children between the ages of 3 to 10 (but can be utilized with older individuals depending on their condition) and was conceived by Dr. John Mew, whose curiosity got the best of him when studying the underlying causes of crooked teeth. His thinking resulted in the theory of Rest Oral Posture (aka Proper Oral Posture): when the tongue is at rest, it touches the roof of the mouth. The upper and lower teeth touch, or might be slightly apart, and the lips easily come together without effort. When these conditions are in place, proper arch and face development occur.
What Does Orthotropics Do?
Dr. Ward’s Orthotropic (™) appliance system can corrects the upper jaw and teeth by widening & moving them forward where they are meant to be relative to the head. This unique system then helps develop the lower jaw forward POSTURALLY by giving the lower jaw “an offer it can’t refuse!”
NOTE: This is NOT another non-compliance functional appliance system that hangs the lower jaw and teeth off the upper jaw forcing the lower jaw forward creating a “headgear” effect (pulling the upper jaw and teeth back and down). Rather, it is a POSTURAL system to improve jaw growth and development and requires extreme patient compliance including development of proper posture and breathing habits.
For these reasons, THIS TREATMENT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!
At the same time, is the only non-surgical treatment and orthodontic appliance system that Dr. Ward has come across that can accomplish all this without invasive jaw surgery after growth is completed.
A holistic approach, Dr. Ward’s Orthotropic(™) system is a holistic approach that improves the airway and enlarges the nasal passage for better breathing, thus decreasing the chance of snoring and sleep apnea, which can lead to more serious conditions such as a stroke or heart attack in the future.
Just a handful of orthodontists in N. America offer this highly-innovative, challenging, compliance based, non-surgical treatment for jaw and facial development. In fact, our pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Ward, is one of less than a dozen orthodontists in the world trained in Biobloc Orthotropics.You can rest easy knowing your child is in the very best care available.
Over 50 years ago, Dr. Mew came up with the concept of Orthotropics™: that malocclusions (crowded teeth, crooked teeth, “buck teeth”, deep overbites, etc.) are not just genetic and inevitable, but that the growth of the jaws and face are actually determined by one’s resting oral posture. While practicing as a general dentist, Dr. Darin was first exposed to Orthotropics™ when he attended a lecture by orthodontist Dr. John Mew in 2002. Two years later Darin attended a lecture by Dr. Bill Hang, the only North American based instructor of Orthotropics™, and knew he must learn this technique to help maximize the growth and development of his growing patients.
Dr. Ward is the only orthodontist near Highland Park, TX who has completed the Orthotropics™ mini-residency being taught by Dr. Bill Hang in Westlake Village, California (2010-2011). Dr Ward has also flown Drs. John and Mike Mew from England to his office in Alberta where he hosted a 6 day programme (English spelling of course) in Orthotropics™ for dentists and orthodontists who came from across Canada, the United States, and Aruba (2014-15)!
Dr. Darin Ward is now providing Orthotropics™ treatment for children ages 3-12 yrs, and is utilizing the diagnostic concepts of airway maximization and full facial development in his diagnosis and treatment planning for adults.
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When you are ready to learn more about Face ForWard Orthodontics’ unique approach to treatment, give us a call at 214-304-8485 or CLICK HERE to request your child’s Face ForWard New Patient Assessment. This includes a discussion of your goals, digital x-rays, a 3D scan of your teeth, Airways Orthodontics exam, and a personalized treatment consultation.
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Come experience our orthodontic office near Highland Park, TX. You will quickly discover that we offer innovative orthodontic treatment options to all our patients – so you can become the very best version of yourself and face the world with confidence.
As one of the premier orthodontic practices near Highland Park, TX, our doctor and team at Face ForWard Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Dallas, University Park & Lakewood, TX, and Surrounding Areas.