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Epigenetics and Children

Epigenetics and Children

As stated above most patients have an underdeveloped upper jaw and mid face. The lower jaw thus becomes entrapped and retruded. Dr. Buck believes in an approach that stimulates growth of the upper jaw at the same time as stimulating the lower jaw to also grow forward. Here is an example of in less than 8 months a growing patient can have corrected jaw growth patterns and expression.

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.......

An Underdeveloped Jaw’s Effect on Faces

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