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Do braces affect growth?

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Posted by: curious19  (8 years ago)
Hi Everyone
I have a question : Do braces affect your natural growth, considering the fact that i am a teenager and i am in braces? If so, is it favourable or adverse?
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Hi Everyone
I have a question : Do braces affect your natural growth, considering the fact that i am a teenager and i am in braces? If so, is it favourable or adverse?


Braces can modify growth vectors. A palatal expander can actually make the maxilla wider. Headgear, if worn faithfully, may retard forward maxillary growth vectors by a bit. Unlcocking a closed bite may allow the mandible to grow forward a bit more than it would have. All things considered, a fight against genetic growth tendencies is a very hard fight indeed.
Posted 8 years ago
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An orthodontist specialises in straightening teeth, making them bite together properly and creating a great smile.

Orthodontists work with braces and other orthodontic procedures every day. As specialists, we know what's appropriate for you or your child, including when to start treatment.
The facial growth patterns of a child are determined by the balance of different muscular influences around the surrounding cranial bones as well as predetermined genetic factors. The normal growth pattern can be disturbed by habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing or lack of function through eating a softer more western type diet. This can lead to underdevelopment of the jaws and result in crowding of the teeth which will then need orthodontics to correct.
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