Dental asymmetries and functional deviations can be treated with orthodontic
and facial orthopedic correction during the growth period based upon the
fundamentals of basic science and clinical sensibility. Relationships in the sagittal
plane have dominated orthodontic thinking. The current clinician must be
awakened to a deeper interest in the transverse dimension and 3-D frontal
relationships. Knowledge is knowing facts; wisdom is knowing what to do with
Early orthopedic intervention and nonextraction approaches provide for best
functional occlusion, proportional structural components, with an esthetic smile
and optimized TMJ support.
The younger a patient receives orthopedic maxillary or mandibular growth
modification, the more the face responds and the more stable is the outcome.
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