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Madison Dentist Completes International Program in Facial Growth

Back row from left to right: Dr. Marisa Santos, Dr. John Mew, Dr. Michael Mew, Dr. Allison Adams. Front: Inga Klovate.

Madison, NJ (May 2015) – Dr. Allison Adams of Adams Dental in Madison has received a Diploma in Orthotropic Orthodontics after completing a six month program at the London School of Facial Orthotropics.

Orthotropics focuses on the cause, correction and cure for crooked teeth. While traditional orthodontics corrects crooked teeth after they have come in to the mouth, orthotropics aims to correct muscle influences that influence the position of the teeth before they even appear.

The program, recognized by the International Association of Facial Growth Guidance, was taught by Dr. John Mew and Dr. Mike Mew and includes the causes, diagnosis, pathology, treatments and the long term cure of crooked teeth.

The orthotropic approach looks from the outside in. A balanced, beautiful face with properly functioning muscles ultimately leads to straight teeth. Crowded teeth or misaligned jaws are a result of outside forces putting improper pressure on the teeth and jaws. Outside forces may come from changes in breathing as a result of allergies or asthma or improper tongue posture.

Orthotropics works to address the way a developing child’s face is growing by retraining improper muscle movement or posture. Treatment to develop the jaw begins with the young, growing child, as soon as an issue is identified. The aim is to promote appropriate growth, normalizing the shape of the face and providing space for the teeth to align naturally. Many times the tongue is in the wrong position, and orthotropics trains the tongue and gives a child the opportunity to normalize their oral, head and neck posture.

The orthotropic premise is that that jaws should accommodate all of our teeth. Extractions of teeth are not done, and instead, work to encourage proper jaw development leads to enough space for teeth and in the end, a beautiful broad smile that sits within a balanced face.

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