Example 4: Pediatric
The top photo shows the result of chronic mouth breathing which itself is a symptom of a restricted airway. When there is an airway compromise, nasal breathing is insufficient and the mouth must be used to bring in sufficient oxygen. Notice that in the top photo only the back teeth touch. This is indicative of a steep downward growth angle of the lower jaw and the patient having a very “long” face, which are classic symptoms of restricted airway/mouth breathing.
The bottom photo was taken only 30 days into treatment with the pediatric growth appliance RAGGA. By wearing the appliance nearly full-time for just one month, the trajectory of the jaw growth changed. Her lower jaw began to remodel into a healthier position and her bite closed. Again, the appliance, by changing one thing, changed everything for the better.