Growth modification is part of the first phase of a two-stage orthodontic treatment to correct or prevent a bad bite (malocclusion). There is an optimal age to begin jaw growth modification, even though an orthodontist can straighten teeth at any age. It is best to complete growth modification when the patient is still growing, as we are able to take advantage of their growing years to guide the jawbone to the proper formation by using orthodontic appliances. We use various appliances to change the shape, position, width, or length of the jawbone(s).
In order to determine the ideal time to start growth modification treatment, we need to determine the stage of growth of the jaws. The ideal age varies from patientA to patient, during your consultation we will evaluate whether the jaw bones align in an overbite or an underbite.
Jaw misalignment can be corrected as an adult, although it will likely need to be fixed through surgery.