Growth Appliance (AGGA)

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Introduction to AGGA

The structure of your jaws plays a huge role in the health of your entire body. Unfortunately, we live in a time when abnormalities in the structure of the face and jaws have become common. The contribution of poor facial structure to some of our society’s most common illnesses is perhaps the most misunderstood and underreported topic in all of medicine.

One reason for this is that it is not immediately obvious how the jaws can impact the entire body, but actually, it is quite straightforward: jaw issues mean airway issues.

Your throat houses your windpipe, and jaws that are too small and too set back obstruct your airway and hinder your ability to breath.

The most sinister manifestation of this obstructed breathing is the silent killer OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). Of course, there is a long list of deadly and handicapping conditions that result from OSA which are well-studied and universally acknowledged by all health professionals.

Other health problems result indirectly from underdeveloped jaws. Chronic migraines are an excellent example of this. What is known as a chronic migraine oftentimes is actually a tension headache.

Breathing requires airways to be open freely. When airways are narrowed, muscles that control the position of the jaws and muscles that control the opening of the throat must contract more to reposition the jaws and keep the throat more open. Muscles working overtime leads to muscle fatigue which leads to muscle soreness which leads to pain. Most headaches are tension headaches, not classical migraines.

How so? As mentioned earlier, small jaws mean a small airway, and it has been shown that patients with obstructed breathing tend to adopt a compressed neck posture as a way of opening that airway. This chin-forward, compressed neck posture does improve breathing, but at the expense of the muscles, nerves and other structures at the back of the neck.

Over time, compressed neck posture results in an accumulation of nerve damage in the neck and scalp. Eventually, this nerve damage results in a terribly painful condition called occipital neuralgia which is routinely misdiagnosed as chronic migraines.

Occipital neuralgia misdiagnosed as chronic migraines is just one example of an illness whose root cause can be traced back to the jaws. There are many others, and they include:

  • movement disorders
  • behavior disorders
  • sleep disorders

How can AGGA help?

If the jaws are too small, can we grow them bigger? Is there a way to grow the jaws three-dimensionally to their full genetic potential so that the airway can be opened and normal, healthy breathing can occur? Can the entire cranium be remodeled for optimum function?

For a long time, the answer to this question was, frustratingly, “only with surgery.” Highly invasive surgical procedures were needed to achieve significant forward growth of the jaws. This was especially true for adults. And even now surgery is sometimes necessary.

But with AGGA, large amounts of controlled forward growth of the jaws can now be achieved non-surgically – and fast.

With this small, painless orthodontic appliance the faces of children and adults of all ages can be grown to their full genetic potential in about one year.

Once the face and airway are grown to their genetically optimal size, patients are able to experience the levels of health and well-being that nature intended for them.

My Own AGGA Results

AGGA Procedure Results
Procedure Results for AGGA
Results of AGGA
AGGA Results on Myself

Take note of the following remarkable changes seen in the photos above:
There are several things are quite remarkable and are easily seen. I now have a smile! My upper jaw was pushed so far back so that when I smiled you could not see my teeth.

My lower jaw returned to center. It was always rested to the right. This created frequent jaw muscle tension. But the most remarkable finding is in the eyes. The debilitating fatigue that has plagued me for years and was only getting worse was gone after only two months of my appliance therapy. I no longer wake up with a heavy head wanting to sleep more and more. I am no longer in a fog during the day.

What AGGA does is stimulate a very particular spot on the upper palate which triggers the body’s own built-in bone-building response.

In particular, AGGA presses gently atop a nerve located in the incisive foramen on the roof of the mouth, and by doing so sets in motion a rapid bone-depositing effort throughout the entire craniofacial region.

AGGA For Children

There is also a pediatric version of this appliance which provides phenomenal three-dimensional development. It is simple to wear and takes six to twelve month of wear.

AGGA for Children

Here is an example of a patient that has been wearing pediatric removable growth appliance ( RAGA ) for only four months. His whole left side of the face was compressed and lowered. Once the appropriate stimulus was initiated his head began leveling out.

The Big Three and Stability of Results

Once AGGA makes the mouth bigger and gives the tongue more space and leverage, it becomes easier for patients to habituate a tongue posture which stimulates this spot naturally and preserves the growth achieved by AGGA long after the appliance is removed. This is not to say that pressing the tongue against the palate will deliver results similar to the wear of AGGA. The tongue should rest gently on the roof of the mouth simply because it can. I have seen people hurt themselves and torque cranial bones by following online advice. Please be careful and use common sense.

What gives stability is what we call a BIG THREE: nasal breathing, tongue resting on the palate, lips together at rest. When this is present the results achieved with AGGA are stable.

AGGA Patient XRay

Adult AGGA Patient X-Ray

Here is the X-ray of one of my patients. The images above was taken at the start. The image below was taken six months into the treatment. Several things are obvious with respect to the lower jaw: it is longer and the angle has changed ( it is not pointing down as much ). The airway appears to be wider as well. These two photos can be summarized simply: when you change one thing you change everything.

Download and read the attached documents on Facial Growth.

If it is being done, is is probably possible

Guiding Atypical Facial Growth Back to Normal Part 1: Understanding Facial Growth

Born Beautiful: It is Never Too Late

Guiding Atypical Facial Growth Back to Normal Part 2: Causative Factors...