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.

Man’s mind, once stretched by new ideas, can never remain the same.

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