Orthodontist Balances the Face with Growth Guidance Therapy
Orthodontist Dr. Jill Meyer knows that an adequate airway, correct tongue position and swallowing are critical in the development of a child’s face, and this good “oral posture” can dramatically impact the overall health of a child.
Often, children grow up as “mouth breathers” due to complications with allergies, sinus problems or airway obstructions like enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
Unfortunately, children’s mouth breathing starts a process that may restructure the face in ways that affect its appearance and healthy function.
Orthodontist uses Biobloc Orthotropics®
That is why, at the Hindin Center, orthodontist Dr. Jill Meyer is working at the cutting edge of growth guidance therapy to alter oral posture, primarily using Biobloc Orthotropics® and early orthopedic treatment. She is one of the few orthodontists that has been selected in the US for this treatment.
Developed by Dr. John Mew, Biobloc Orthotropics® consists of redirecting growth of the lower face in a healthier and more attractive direction. Biobloc converts “unfavorable” vertical growth caused by mouth breathing and/or incorrect tongue posture to more horizontal and “favorable” growth. Biobloc is optimally applied on young children, usually before the age of ten, by a qualified orthodontist.
ALF Orthodontics Techniques
Dr.Meyer also utilizes the ALF appliance therapy (Advanced Lightwire Functionals). The ALF system is used by orthodontists to help achieve proper oral posture – lips closed, tongue on the roof of the mouth, and teeth touching or just slightly apart when swallowing.
ALF can be used on any aged individual and is also helpful with TMD (Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction) or jaw joint problems. It allows for the skeletal structure to unfold and the teeth to go where the body wants them to go for optimal function.
ALF has three main advantages:
- Comfortable- allows for proper tongue posture on the palate
- Aesthetics- not visible
- Gentle forces
A full array of orthodontic techniques
Dr. Meyer also treats adolescents using fixed orthodontics (braces) or Invisalign to straighten teeth while keeping facial balance and airway in mind.
Ask your Hindin Center orthodontist to speak to you about the benefits of growth guidance therapy for your child. It can make a big difference in facial appearance, proper tooth alignment, comfortable inhalation, and developmental health.
Hear from Alan Plumer, MD, Suffern, NY
Hear from Susan, New York, NY
We took her to an ENT specialist, who ordered a sleep study, then recommended that her tonsils be removed! Luckily, a friend recommended Dr. Meyer to us.
Dr. Meyer was kind, knowledgeable and very understanding as she explained the ways Biobloc would help our daughter’s sleep issues. It’s been a year since our daughter started the treatment. She now sleeps through the night with her mouth closed and without grinding or snoring.
As we were informed from the start, the treatment is difficult, but the results have far exceeded our expectations. We are amazed with the outcome. And, I never thought she would admit it, but just the other day our daughter said that it was all worth it – she’s the one who is most thrilled with the results!
Hear from Kerri, Nyack, NY
We saw a traditional orthodontist who planned to expand her top palette and explained that if there still wasn’t enough room after expansion he would pull out some teeth to make room.
Jill Hindin had a more holistic approach. She showed how my daughter’s jaw was growing forward instead of out, and that created a “gothic arch” instead of a nice wide curve of her top jaw. Her bottom teeth were all falling inward as well.
Jill’s plan was to utilize the Bio-Bloc technique, which wasn’t just about moving teeth around but would direct the growth of the jaw so that her teeth would have room to come in straight, and correct any airway and structural issues.
The first step was expansion of both the top and bottom palettes. This took my daughter a few days to adjust to. The first night was very difficult but it became easy soon after. The bottom expander straightened the teeth up. The top expander widened the palette, and Jill put on braces on the first 6 teeth to keep them in place while the expanding was happening.
Once the top was expanded, it looked like my daughter had a big overbite, but this is where the bio-bloc came in. The bio-bloc is an appliance that held the new shape of her top palette while bringing the lower jaw into a more forward position. The reason for this is to direct the growth of the jaw to properly line up with the nice, new, bigger shape of the top palette.
Because we did this at a young age, Jill explained that the jaw bone will grow into this position. This was the hardest part to adjust to because she had to hold her teeth together ALL the time (except for eating). For some it can be hard to learn to speak like this and harder still to understand them, but my daughter is a talker so she had little difficulty there.
For us, I can definitely say it was worth it. The first night that my daughter wore the bio-bloc she fell asleep quite easily, which shocked me, and was a bonus I wasn’t expecting. She had always had sleep difficulties, especially getting to sleep, ever since she was an infant. The bio-bloc had a great effect in that it opened up her airway, which I believe is what helped her fall off to sleep better than she ever had in her life. She has continued to fall asleep faster and more easily.
Also, before we had begun the bio bloc her eyes had started drooping on the outside, and her chin was receding. Now she has a perfect profile, perfect proportion, and her eyes aren’t drooping anymore. So in addition to improved sleeping, improved airway, nice looking teeth that fit in her mouth, and not needing to pull out any grown up teeth, the bio-bloc had a great cosmetic effect on her facial growth. She also feels like it is easier now to project her voice. (Before bio-bloc teachers were always asking her to speak up.)I definitely recommend it for children who need it. I also think it was an advantage to get this work done while she was still in elementary school, a time when she wasn’t at all conscious of her looks and her peers thought their braces, etc. were “cool” and before the self-consciousness of middle and high school sets in.
Hear From Paul, Nyack, NY
We know this makes him a healthier, more confident individual and we want to make sure you know we are grateful for your diligence, talent and hard work. I look forward to thanking you in person, and until then please accept this note of gratitude.
Hear from Lucy, Age 10, Tappan, NY
You are a miracle worker.