Orthotropics in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is Orthotropics?

Orthotropics is a type of dentistry focused on correcting a misaligned bite by improving oral and head posture. Orthotropics can help children with malocclusions achieve a most natural and balanced facial appearance. The cutting-edge techniques used in orthotropics can also reduce patients' risk of developing sleep apnea by bringing forward the jaws to create a stronger, larger airway. While adults cannot be treated specifically with Orthotropics, we can apply principles of Orthotropic treatment to ensure adults have the best possible dental health. To find out if Orthotropics can benefit your children, schedule an appointment at Life Dental & Orthodontics.

How Is Orthotropics Performed?

In the first phase, or the preparation phase, orthotropics aims to expand the upper jaw to make room for the tongue. Once the arch has been widened and lightened, the training phase will begin. During this phase, an oral appliance may then be recommended to push the bottom jaw forward in order to properly align the bite. The final phase is known as the retention phase where we will help determine the best way to retain the new position of the jaw, typically through a dental appliance that is worn at night.

Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

J.R. Google

I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

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A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.

D.M. Google

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Orthotropics for A Misaligned Bite

Though malocclusion can also be addressed through surgical procedures or orthodontics, we are excited to offer this nonsurgical alternative to improve jaw development and to correct misaligned teeth in growing children. If you are seeking a solution to effectively address facial or jaw discrepancies in your children, Orthotropics may be an ideal option. Call Life Dental & Orthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA to schedule your Orthotropics consultation today.

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