John Mew – root resorption

This is a serious problem in Orthodontics as fixed appliances have a strong tendency to damage roots so that they shorten and in some cases are lost at a young age. Resorption is much less common when the growth of the jaws and teeth are guided naturally at a younger age with Orthotropics, (preferably before the age of eight). When the child is young, the roots are not fully formed and therefore are less likely to resorb. Also, the teeth are “tilted” during Orthotropic treatment rather than “moved as a whole” and this reduces resorption.