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Growth Modification Treatment

Growth Modification Treatment

Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process, and most effective during a child’s growth spurts.

As part of the growth modification process, growth modification appliances are used to correct the shape, position or width of the jawbone(s).

Because growth modification is at the center of orthodontic treatment, the younger the patient, the more ideal the treatment outcome. Early mixed dentition, which is marked by the emergence of the permanent teeth at the ages of 6 to 7, is considered the optimum age for most types of malocclusion.

Different stages of dental development:

  • Primary Dentition (2 to 6 years of age)
  • Early Mixed Dentition (7 to 9 years of age)
  • Late Mixed Dentition (9 to 11 years of age)
  • Early Permanent Dentition (11 to 13 years of age)
  • Adults (After 13 for girls and 16 for boys)

Who benefits from early treatment?

  • Children 7 to 9 years old with severe crowding
  • Narrowed upper jaw with or without crossbite
  • Those with habits such as thumb sucking, forward tongue posture (tongue thrust), or mouth breathing
  • Cases with large overjet (overbite)
  • Cases involving overgrowth of the lower jaw or underdevelopment of the upper jaw

For more information on growth modification and interceptive orthodontics, contact our office today.