Growth modification refers to the use of appliances (e.g. plates) to either encourage or discourage the growth of the jaws in order to improve their relationship and thus improve the bite as well as the child’s facial appearance. Timing is important in growth modification, as the effects are larger when the child is actively growing. Mild to moderate jaw discrepancies can prevent the ideal placement of teeth, resulting in a poor bite and complications later in life.
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