By 4 years the skull base and facial bones have reached 60% of adult growth. By 12 years this same growth of the facial skeletal system has reached 90%. If we wait until 90% of a deformity is established before starting children’s orthodontics the time & difficulty for correction is much greater.
Successful treatment of growth discrepancies involve all the bones of the facial skeleton from the eyes down. The ideal dimensions (parameters) can be measured vertically, horizontally and front to back in angular and line measurements called cephalometrics.
The discrepancies linked to growth changes are then identified and can be treated well before 12 years of age. As dental GP’s we should be capable of basic childrens orthodontics and treat the majority of cases in less time and pain before teenage years.