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Children have growth centers in the face and jaws that are active and available for stimulation. The orthopedic effect of harnessing growth can produce the most beneficial results. Hence Dr. Buck would prefer to evaluate children around the age of six. If unwanted, or deficient growth tendencies are discovered, growth guidance orthopedics can be used to correct the trajectory of growth which will have dramatic benefits on the face and airway. If any treatment is deferred until all the adult teeth have erupted, then facial growth potential is greatly reduced. Remodeling of the jaws however, is something that can be done at any age, but for the most ideal result harnessing growth and remodeling before puberty is best.

Know all the unique facts about your child’s facial growth potential and how to achieve it. Click here to meet with Dr. Buck for a consultation. 


Here is a great example of epigenetically driven full face orthodontics. Notice in profile on left before treatment and right how much forward horizontal facial development has occurred. This means her jaw joints are healthy, airway is open and body posture is nearly perfect, all in addition to a beautiful smile. Notice the broad and full smile, which also is supportive of the lips in profile. There is synergy of health and beauty which is what we always strive for!

Growth Guidance

You can see in just seven month with growth guidance how the entire face has developed forward in this young patient. The outline is showing the most ideal profile for her age and it is obviouse that the face has started to grow down and back away from the outline. The right view shows how the face has grown forward and is back on a preferred pattern of growth. This is why Dr. Buck believes  growth appliances that are truly functional are so important in growing children starting around 6 years of age. Waiting until all the permanent teeth erupt around age 12 or so will miss most of the facial growth potential, and this is often how orthodontics are provided unfortunately.




True Facial and Jaw orthopedics in action!



This 7 year old patient is wearing a growth guidance appliance and you can see the robust changes to the growing lower jaw ( Mandible) in just one month! When the appliance is delivered only the back molars touch and forward of that the teeth are opened. This stimulates the Jaw to grow and remodeling to create coupling of the teeth. In just one month you can see all the back teeth are now touching. This is remarkable physical evidence that we can sculpt and stimulate the entire lower jaw to change its shape and size and position. We are correcting the trajectory of growth from an unwanted vertical down and back path, and converting it to a forward and up trajectory, which is in the direction for the best airway, posture, and esthetics of the face. This remarkable, simple and elegant appliance has multiple profound orthopedic affects on both jaws as well as a myofunctional effect which amplifies the desirable orthopedic changes


Cranial strains are treatable with growth guidance appliance treatment

Cranial Strains can be treated with the RGGA.......


Side Bend Cranial Strain 8.5 year old

After 8 months from start of treatment


Cranial strain side bend is eliminated after 6 months growth guidance treatment


Notice how the remodeling of the lower jaw has reduced the lower face height and is much closer to ideal balance between upper and lower face

Effects of growth guidance treatment eliminating cranial strain

  • She was failing in 4th grade, below all metrics in performance
  • As of today at 4th grade level passing all classes
  •  In sports ( gymnastics) had significant balance problems and could not keep up teammates
  • Can perform all movements at par with teammates 
  • Was snoring heavily, mouth open habitually 
  •  Even without lip tape can breath without snoring, although does lip tape
  • Chronic respiratory related illness and symptoms, missed a lot of school days
  • Has not been sick once entire school year
  • Complained of frequent headaches
  • Does not have headaches at all


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Epigenetic Orthodontics

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

Airway Improvement

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​