17th Symposium of the International Association of Facial Growth Guidance

  • Registration Starts
  • Oct 15, 2019
  • Early-Bird Registration Ends
  • Dec. 31, 2019
  • Poster Submission Ends
  • Jan. 31, 2020


  • Kevin Adair
  • USA
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  • Ben Eastwood
  • Canada
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  • Dittmar Eichoff
  • South Africa
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  • William M Hang
  • USA
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  • Brian Hockel
  • USA
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  • Yu-Shu Huang
  • Taiwan
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  • Keisuke Inoue
  • Japan
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  • Tomonori Iwasaki
  • Japan
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  • Ki-Young Jung
  • Korea
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  • Houngwoon Kim
  • Korea
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  • Yukio Kitafusa
  • Japan
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  • Giedre Kobs
  • Lithuania
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  • John Mew
  • UK
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  • Mike Mew
  • UK
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  • Yasushi Mitani
  • Japan
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  • Morio Tonogi
  • Japan
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  • Simon Wong
  • Australia
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  • Yuki Yajima
  • Japan
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  • Yeon-Mi Yang
  • Korea
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  • Hyunwon Yi
  • Korea
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Changing Smiles, Changing Lives









Fridays and Saturdays, 8 am to 5 pm

September 20-21, 2019   I    October 18-19, 2019  I    January 17-18, 2020   I    April 24-25, 2020

Why Biobloc Orthotropics?

  •  convert vertical to horizontal growth
  •  enhance airway, improve health
  •  strong profiles, broad smiles

​Course includes:

  • Tools to screen SRBD in compliance with ADA resolution 17H-2017
  • Resources to understand the impact of retraction on facial growth, breathing and airway
  • Patient experience and hands-on adjustment of  appliances
  • Learn to read faces, correct oral posture & restore nasal breathing
  • Recognizing the true impact of popular functional/fixed appliances on growth
  • Methods to avoid impacted teeth
  • Clinical support and consultation throughout the series and beyond
  • Learn early treatment options for as young as 3 yrs of age
  • Comprehensive course manual
  • Dr. John Mew’s book, “The Cause and Cure of Malocclusion”
  • Continental breakfasts, lunches and Friday group dinners after the program

​64 CE credits

Dedicated to transforming the lives of children & their families through the philosophy and techniques of Dr. John Mew
For planning purposes, the last day for registration will be 6/28/19.

Please put us on your schedule!​Tuition:Registration fee of $8490 for doctors (register before 5/15/19 to save $300)*, and $760 for auxiliaries
includes meetings, manual (doctors only), continental breakfasts, lunches, and Friday night dinners.Locations:
A short drive from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).Friday -lectures
Grand Rapids, MISaturday -clinics
the office of Karen O’Rourke, DDS
4250 Kalamazoo Ave, SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49508
(616) 455-7930For more information:
email us at info@wmiorthotropics.org, or contact;
Dr. Karen O’Rourke
Office: (616) 455-7930,
Cell: (616) 802-0683*Refund Policy:
Refunds minus credit card fees, plus $250, made only if another doctor registers in your place prior to the beginning of the series

German Government Orthodontic Decision

The documents have been translated using a machine and will thus contain errors.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this.

If you have a personal contact with any of the parties involved we would like to hear from you.

Best wishes,


Orthodontic treatment measures.pdf

Oral health by jaw orthopedic treatment with fixed appliances.pdf

Why Do Orthodontists Prefer Flat Faces?

Orthodontic Treatment Before and After
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Research suggests that the public prefer forward growing faces with good cheek bones, but surprisingly Orthodontists appear to prefer flatter faces and retruded cheek bones. Peck and Peck (1970) studded the X-rays of good looking film stars and found that “The general public admires a fuller, more protrusive dento-facial pattern than customary standards” (of Orthodontics).

This finding was later supported by others (Tedesco 1983) who found that “Lay judges seem to be more sensitive, than judges with orthodontic training, to dental-facial esthetic impairment”. This is not just a Western concept because Soh (2005) using a sample of Chinese subjects concluded that “Orthodontists considered a flatter male profile to be most attractive, but Oral Surgeons (who aim to improve the face) preferred a fuller normal Chinese profile”.

Why should Orthodontists think so differently from the rest of us? Part of the reason might be that most of them are taught that it is not possible to increase the forward growth of the face by more than 2 millimetres which hardly shows (Looi and Mills 1986). However Zettergren-Wijk et al (2006) found that if children learnt to close their mouths, their face grew forward by about 10mm, but if the mouth was left open, the jaws became flatter and less attractive.

This finding was later supported by Trotman et al in 1997, who also found the reason why Orthodontic X-rays failed to show this”. Other research (Mew 2015) showed that patients who were trained to keep their mouths closed became very much better looking than patients who had not, but this still does not explain why Orthodontists think flat faces look better. I can only assume that they learn to like the flat faces they create.



Orthodontists placed this case 12th most successful out of a series of 32 cases but members of the public placed it last.









This case was considered most successful by both the lay public and the orthodontists.


The hidden epidemic under our noses by Dr Mike Mew – Thursday 19th July 2019

Ancestral Health Society – 19th – 21st July 2018


Strand Union Building
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT, USA

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Craniofacial Dystrophy – The hidden epidemic under our noses – Why are teeth crooked?

by Dr Mike Mew 

Sometimes a simple question can lead to a journey connecting a wide range of “modern” disease, which gets very personal. The suggestion is that the facial form of few, if any, modern humans fulfil their full genetic potential; due to changes in the environment; and faces which are not the right shape do not work correctly. All our ancestors from the dawn of time, and all the other 5,400 species of mammals, gained and maintained near perfectly aligned teeth, for their entire lives without any orthodontics. They never had “too many teeth” for their jaws.

Craniofacial Dystrophy (CFD) proposes that crooked teeth, sleep apnea, jaw joint disorders, many otolaryngic diseases and forward head posture, are all symptoms of the same underlying problem. There is now also evidence linking this to MS and Alzheimer’s Evolutionary medicine in its clearest for.


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Craniofacial Dystrophy – Changing Faces, Curing Malocclusion and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

DentaNet Symposium 2019 10th Anniversary
  • Dr. Mike Mew

Craniofacial Dystrophy – Changing Faces, Curing Malocclusion and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Saturday Morning

Changing faces, and with this curing malocclusion and associated symptoms like OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), will give a better start in life for children and a better approach to treating adults and furthermore it is evidence-based and improves health.

It is more comfortable to believe that the way that your craniofacial form has developed, and the arrangement of your teeth is genetic.  However, the hard scientific evidence clearly shows that this is false. This issue is highly controversial and challenges 100 years of orthodontic theory and dogma. None of our ancestors, none of the members of the other 5,400 species of mammals and few truly indigenous peoples have malocclusion. For hundreds of thousands of years everyone attained and maintained 32 perfectly aligned teeth for their whole life.


Modern melting faces: there is now a considerable mismatch between the environment that we evolved to live in and the one that we do live in.

  • The effort required to masticate our food is a fraction of what it was.
  • Transient nasal obstructions are now normal forcing postural modifications which become habits.
  • Pureed foods and a lack of breast feeding interrupt the natural change from an infantile suckle to an adult swallow.

Use it or lose it, modern faces are not fulfilling their full genetic potential, and faces that are not the right shape do not function correctly. We have an endemic of malocclusion, OSA, middle ear infections, deviated nasal septums, sinusitis, forward head posture and temporomandibular disorders. No one can demonstrate the causes, pathology or cure of any of these. It is estimated that 10% of 60 year olds will die a decade earlier from OSA alone, and 40 years ago it was almost unheard of; what will this percentage raise to in a decade or two?

You will learn:

  • The aetiology, epidemiology, pathology, treatment and cure of Craniofacial Dystrophy.
  • The underlying problem of which malocclusion and obstructive sleep apnea are symptoms.

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Before: Age 5 years 10 months, After: Age 8 years

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Before: Age 13 years 10 months, After: Age 19 years 7 months


0.9 The long term consequences of treatment

Long Term Consequences of Orthodontic Treatment, Orthotropics
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I have already mentioned some of the consequences of orthodontic treatment such as facial damage and root resorption but there are other longer-term risks such as re-crowding and some such as gum damage which have only recently been recognised. Because patients prefer to avoid extractions Orthodontists currently go to great effort to avoid extracting teeth where possible. Some orthodontists and many general dentists use a screw appliance or an ‘ALF’ to expand the upper jaw to provide enough space for all the teeth. However this does not usually provide room for the wisdoms which they may say are unnecessary.

These are a simple way of avoiding extractions but the teeth usually re-crowd a few years later. This is avoided by many clinicians who give the patient a retaining appliance or attach fixed wires to their teeth either permanently or until they brake or are removed. Other clinicians avoid extractions for a while by pushing the side teeth back to make room for the front teeth but this tends to result in a flat looking face, it is then more likely that the wisdom teeth will become impacted and have to be extracted which can involve complex surgery.

Few if any orthodontists seem to use the Orthotropic method of lengthening the jaw as well as widening it. This makes much more room for the teeth and provided it is done by the age of 8 or 9 should always provide room for the permanent teeth including the wisdoms. This of course also takes the whole upper jaw forward improving the appearance of the cheek bones, sometimes dramatically. See the picture below.

Another long-term problem is gum damage which has more recently become recognised as a matter of concern. As we explained earlier the teeth and their supporting bone are normally supported by the tongue, lips and opposing teeth. But if the teeth are moved and held in a different position for a long time, such as with a retainer, the bone around them remains unstable and tends to resorb. The blood supply to the gums is carried through the bone and if it resorbs the gum often recedes or dies leaving what are called ‘fenestrations’ or holes which can severely shorten the life of the teeth.

0.8 TMJ Dysplasia – What is the cause and cure?

Before and After Orthodontic Treatment
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Many clinicians from different disciplines offer explanations and cures for TMJ and it is widely assumed that there is no ‘One Size Fits All Treatment Guarantee’. However when part of the body goes wrong there is usually only one direct cause, although by coincidence two or possibly three causes could occur simultaneously. Most of the other factors are either, resultant, coincident, predisposing, or unrelated, but not causative. It is wise therefor to consider each one separately and then try to select the real culprit.

My research in anthropology convinced me that the jaw joints of our ancient ancestors rarely showed any signs of damage, so why does this joint cause so much trouble now? Things have changed since then and many jaw bones are now set back as much as 20 to 30mm from where they were back then. Most TMD clinicians agree that this distalization, causes pressure on the joint but there are few suggestions about how to improve it and surgery has not so far proved a reliable cure.

There are many recommended treatments but about 20% of patients continue to suffer whatever is done. Good cures usually surface quickly and the single most effective treatment appears to be a dental splint (orthotic) which separates the teeth somewhere between 1 to 8 millimetres. While the relief can be dramatic, and permanent the problems often return after a few weeks or months. This suggests to me that the splint may rest the joint in the short-term but the underlying cause remains. This explanation fits the fact that thickening the splint often provides a further period of relief but again the problem returns. Splints can also have side effects such as intruding teeth and despite what is done 20% or so of patients continue to suffer.

Other cures exist such as physiotherapy which can be almost as effective as splints, but again they seem ineffective for about 20% of patients. A number of clinicians and patients consider changes in the content and consistency of our diet is important, but ‘cures’ on this basis are rather unspecific and it not appear to have a high ratio of success.

With orthotropics we try to reverse the life-style changes because we believe that modern living has encouraged many children to leave their mouths open and also to swallow with their tongue between their teeth. Research shows that this is a major reason for both jaws failing to grow forward which in turn disrupts the way the teeth and jaws meet and effects the position and form of the TMJ. Orthotropic treatment is based on the ‘Tropic Premise’ which says “correct oral posture is with the tongue resting against the palate, the lips sealed and the teeth in light contact for about six hours a day”. Orthotropic treatment aims to train children to keep their mouths closed which increases forward growth improving the teeth and face. This seems to reduce their susceptibility to TMJ problems later but is only fully effective with growing children. However adopting the Tropic Premise can often cure TMD pain in young adults possibly reaching that last 20%. see the picture below.