The Oralift seems to work by using two principles: the healing capacity of the body and the body’s remarkable ability to adapt to environmental change. The muscles of the face when relaxed usually keep the lips together and the teeth slightly apart. The little space between the upper and lower teeth is called the “free way space” and is usually 1-3mm. At this relaxed or resting position there is a minimal amount of electrical activity occurring in the facial muscles to maintain muscle tone.
When a patient wears the Oralift appliance, it separates the teeth by an amount much greater than their original “free way space”. The muscles on the face immediately realise that this appliance is something that cannot be chewed or eaten. The muscles therefore adapt by altering their fibres to create a new resting length and a new “free way space”. Dr. Mohindra believes that this process involves greater protein activity for which muscles need more oxygen, and to achieve this, any capillaries which have been damaged due to ageing are repaired. Furthermore, he believes this repair process is initiated by the muscles releasing a growth factor (Mechano Growth Factor, which was discovered by Professor G. Goldspink), which triggers off the body’s healing process, so counteracting the harmful effects of facial ageing.
Every person is an individual and their regime will be tailored to the way they respond to the treatment.