Epigenetic orthodontics treats the whole face, not just the teeth. It uses epigenetic science to trigger jaw development and remodeling in order to overcome deficient growth patterns that exist. Children have growth centers in the face and jaws that are active and available for stimulation. The orthodontic effect of harnessing growth can produce the most beneficial results. This is why Dr. Pavlenko would prefer to evaluate children around the ages of five to six-year-old. If unwanted or deficient growth tendencies are discovered, growth guidance orthodontics can be used to correct the trajectory of growth. Using a comfortable appliance that stimulates an area on the palate, this causes the entire midface including the upper jaw to remodel. The appliance stimulates growth for children. This will then have dramatic benefits on the face and airways. If treatment is deferred until all the adult teeth have erupted, facial growth potential is greatly reduced. It is important to note that remodeling of the jaws is something that can be done at any age, but for the most ideal result, harnessing growth and remodeling before puberty is best.
The Removable Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance is used to help develop the Naso-facial area and upright the lower jaw ramus through remodeling. It also helps to develop the upper jaw three dimensionally, creates a positive effect on the airway and much more. The appliance itself is made of acrylic and metal clasps which fit comfortably in the roof of the mouth. There are small screws built into the appliance that would be turned over a period of time to activate the appliance.