Growth Modification Treatment
Some of the most commonly used specialized appliances for correcting the shape, position, and/or width of the jaw bone(s) are:
- Headgear - an appliance that uses pressure to guide teeth and jaw growth.
- Herbst - an appliance attached to the upper and lower molars that corrects overbite caused by a small lower jaw.
- Bionator - a removable appliance that guides teeth and jaw growth.
- Palatal expander - an appliance that corrects cross bite by widening the upper jaw.
Growth modification is at the center of this orthodontic treatment, so beginning this process at the youngest appropriate age tends to produce the best outcomes. Early mixed dentition, which is marked by the emergence of the secondary teeth at the ages of 6 to 7, is considered the optimum age for treating most types of malocclusion.
Who benefits from early treatment?
- Children 7 to 9 years old with severe crowding
- Patient with a narrowed upper jaw (with or without crossbite)
- Those with habits such as thumb sucking, forward tongue posture (tongue thrust), or mouth breathing
- Patient with large overjet (overbite)
- Patient with indications of overgrowth of the lower jaw or underdevelopment of the upper jaw
For more information on growth modification and interceptive orthodontics, contact Family Dentistry of Short Pump at 804-527-2982 today.