Screening children as early as age two for habits such as mouth breathing, finger or blanket sucking, tongue thrusts, grinding, and snoring. All of these habits can cause the upper jaw, or maxilla, to drift down and backwards. While some parents comment that their child has “buck teeth,” in reality, the front teeth are almost always too far back in the face. This causes the lower jaw to grow down and back, rather than down and forward like nature intended. A simple measurement taken from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the upper front teeth, called the Cosmetic Line, can determine the growth pattern of a child before it’s too late. In the patient report below, notice the forward growth of the upper and lower jaws that has led to better facial balance and the increased width in her airway. This was accomplished non-surgically using Biobloc.
The appliances are not magic, and are only one aspect to successful results with Orthotropics ®. Many practitioners have been misled by the apparent simplicity, only to find that much more than a laboratory prescription for this or that appliance design is necessary for success. The skills of a doctor that has been trained in hands-on educational settings, and has committed to this particular type of treatment, are necessary. Dr. Kundel has received extensive training in Biobloc appliance treatment. In addition, involvement of other practitioners (ENTs, myofunctional therapists, osteopaths, and sleep specialists) may be needed. Also, required is energetic family support for the patient.