Is Orthotropics Respected Within Dentistry?


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Hey all I made this account a few months ago intending to ask this question. Looking for professional dentist input if possible.

I've been researching for my own use what exactly causes malocclusion in humans after reading about Dr. Weston A Price and his research on primitive tribes. Peoples eating a traditional diet apparently had less instances of decay and crowding compared to those eating a modern diet.

Along the way I stumbled upon orthotropics which touts the importance of keeping your tongue, lips, and teeth in the proper position growing up to avoid problems later on in life. From what I gleamed, having a bad oral posture is primarily responsible for dental crowding.

I don't know how legitimate this is in modern circles which is why I'm asking. For reference, I read this article which cites studies performed on monkeys but not humans.

From my understanding this works on children but not adults correct? Or it does for adults too but it's unlikely? Basically trying to figure out whether this stuff is a sham or not. Thanks in advance.
 
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MattKW

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Quick Google search and a couple of articles. IMHO, doesn't seem anything remarkable, and may work for some specific cases, but certainly not a cure-all. Most good orthodontist indiviualise treatment anyway and don't simply use braces.
 

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