At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we are proud to offer our patients Biobloc Orthotropics to guide your child's lower jaw into proper alignment. Using the philosophy of natural growth guidance during three stages of treatment, the Biobloc appliances guide your child's jaw into the correct posture for a balanced face with maximum airway, a health jaw joint position, and a lifetime of better health.
Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an experienced practitioner of facial growth guidance, or facial orthotropics. She can discuss the principles of treatment with you and your child during a worry-free consultation.
The first stage of treatment is the hang expancer. This appliance is worn 24 hours a day for about 4-6 months. It is only removed for cleaning.
The purpose of the expancer is to create room in the upper jaw and allow for forward growthof the upper jaw. During this stage, your child will need to visit our office every 4-6 weeks to ensure that the appliance is fitting appropriately and progressing as expected.
Biobloc and Hang Retainer
The second stage of treatment is the Biobloc and hang retainer. The Biobloc appliance is worn 24 hours a day. It is only removed for eating and playing sports when the hang retainer should be used instead. This stage lasts from 12-18 months.
The Biobloc appliance moves your child's lower jaw forward. During this stage, your child should visit our office every 4-6 weeks so we can monitor progress and make adjustments to the appliance as needed to keep the jaw moving into the correct position. During this phase we will continue to develop correct oral posture, which is: "Lips together, teeth together, tongue on the roof of your mouth."
During the final stage of treatment, your child will slowly reduce the amount of time he or she wears Biobloc each day. Eventually your child will only wear Biobloc at night to keep the jaw in the correct alignment while waiting for his or her permanent teeth to come in.
When the permanent teeth have all come in, we can decide if braces will be needed.
To learn more about how Biobloc Orthotropics can correct the alignment of your child's jaw and promote a balanced facial structure, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today at (800) 672-8518. Our dentist and dental team serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.