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IMDO management of the small lower jaw

Many children and teenagers have small lower jaws, which is often confused with having an upper jaw or teeth that are too big.

IMDO management of the small lower jaw

Many children and teenagers have small lower jaws, which is often confused with having an upper jaw or teeth that are too big.

Teasing at school, inability to close the lips, and difficulties with speech are all associated with a small lower jaw, and this leads to anxiety on parents behalf to seek orthodontic treatment for their child. 

Orthodontic treatment of this condition usually aims to pull back the upper front teeth, a seemingly logical solution that has significant negative effects.

This style of treatment only looks at teeth in isolation, and doesn't take into consideration a child's facial profile & aesthetics.

Healthy teeth are extracted to pull the upper teeth back and the lower teeth forward, which effectively shrinks the overall size of the jaws.

This substantially decreases total airway volume , and compromises a child's appearance later in life by removing support for their lips and cheeks.

The simple truth is, the size of the front upper teeth, the upper jaw, and the sense of an oversized upper lip, are all in fact completely normal. It is the proportionally smaller lower jaw that is the primary cause of all of these issues.

IMDO is an innovative and elegant technique that definitively grows and proportions a small lower jaw during a child's teenage years.

Treatment by IMDO as a teenager is rapid and effective, it balances a child's bite, significantly enlarges their airways, and completely harmonises their facial profile and appearance. 

IMDO removes the need to remove healthy teeth by creating the space needed for adult teeth to erupt, and in most cases prevents the need to have wisdom teeth surgery.

Active treatment with IMDO is typically 10-14 days, with teeth settling into a natural, stable position over the following few months.

Whilst orthodontics may not be erased completely, IMDO significantly shortens and simplifies any treatment that may be required.

The lifelong benefits of IMDO include dramatic improvement to a child's breathing, creation of an ideally balanced bite, optimisation of jaw joint function, and complete enhancement of facial aesthetics, all of which help build a child's confidence, mood, and self-esteem.

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