Monitoring Growth in Orthodontics

Why is it that so many people require orthodontic treatment today?

In the previous generation orthodontic treatment was uncommon, yet most adults have teeth that are very well aligned and look beautiful, although they are not perfect. Overtreatment is definitely a problem today. People who do not require treatment are being told they must have treatment.


Common sense tells us that adult teeth will not fit into a 10 year old child’s mouth. Once a tooth comes through it cannot get any bigger, so all teeth come through adult size. Parents should not be surprised when there is so much crowding at this age? Nature will correct some of these problems, but not necessarily all.


When young patients visit Dr Peter Vaughan he measures and monitors the growth of the mouth and does not instigate treatment while natural improvements are occurring.

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