Biobloc is an orthodontic appliance system used to grow forward the jaws and face. Biobloc is primarily used on children between six and ten years of age.
Biobloc orthodontic system came about when Dr. John Mew started looking at faces and not just teeth. Out of his curiosity and brilliance came out an approach that addresses underlying problems of crooked teeth. He postulated something he called an Orthrotropic premise: nose must breathe, lips need to be together, tongue should rest on roof of the mouth. This is called Proper Oral Posture. When these conditions are met, dental arches will grow to accommodate all the teeth and face will develop accordingly.
What does Biobloc do that other techniques don’t?
Biobloc is the ONLY orthodontic technique that can correct the upper jaw in all three planes of space (wider, more forward, and back up where it belongs) AND bring the lower jaw forward without anchoring on the upper jaw to do it. Only jaw surgery (orthognathics) can come close to this kind of correction. (Picture courtesy of Dr. John Mew)
Even better, Biobloc technique has been shown to improve the airway. Since both jaws come forward, so do the tongue and tissues, thus opening up the throat. The nasal passages enlarge, too. This is especially important for children who snore or have other sleep breathing problems. A reduction in airway can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea and associated cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack later in life.