Although the jaw doesn’t grow as fast as the rest of your body, it’s still able to expand and change shape.
However, after the initial spurt of growth in your teenage years, the jaw won’t change much.
During the teenage years, most people go through a series of changes in their faces and bodies, and their jaws usually don’t undergo many changes.
These changes are usually related to puberty and growth spurts.
Changes in the mandible from youth to adulthood
The mandible undergoes multiple developmental events during the course of adolescence.
Unlike the maxilla, it is underdeveloped at birth, and it grows larger and farther away from the neurocranium.
This process also involves changes to the mandibular corpus and its relationship to the ascending ramus.
In addition, the mandible’s gonial angle reduces.
Changes in the mandible are typically associated with the development of facial features.
However, these differences can be attributed to a variety of causes.
In this study, researchers identified three distinct growth trajectories that are characteristic of young people.
In addition to this, they found that MPA decreased with age in most individuals.
The findings are consistent with other longitudinal studies, which have reported that mandibular rotation and length increases with age.
The findings suggest that the mandibular growth is related to bone thickness and size, and this study examined changes in mandibular bone thickness.
The study also demonstrated that the mandibular bone thickness is related to BMD, and both of these parameters change with age.
The findings also suggest that the mandibular bone properties may change as a result of mechanical stress or antemortem tooth loss.
Treatment options for wide jaws
Treatment options for wide jaws vary depending on the cause and severity of the problem.
Some treatments can increase the width of the jaw, while others can reduce the size of the entire jaw.
Some people are genetically predisposed to wide jaws, while others may develop them through a healthy diet and habits.
For instance, a high fiber diet may increase the size of the jaw.
In addition, a wide jaw can be an issue if the person has a hormonal disorder, such as acromegaly.
Wide jaws are often caused by overgrowth of the mandible, a bony structure in the lower face.
To correct this problem, a doctor will perform surgery or use Botox to shrink the mandible bone.
Bone grows due to stress and pressure, but it shrinks when gravity or muscle pull it back.
In some cases, continued Botox therapy can reduce the amount of bone in the face.
Corrective jaw surgery
If your jaw has stopped growing, you may need to consider corrective jaw surgery.
The procedure takes place in a hospital under general anesthesia and may require small incisions in your mouth.
Small titanium plates and screws are used to move the jawbones into the proper position.
Guiding elastics are also placed in the jaw to direct your teeth into the new bite.
Typically, you will spend a few days in the hospital.
Afterward, you will be able to return to work within two weeks.
Depending on the type of surgery and the severity of the problem, the recovery period can be short or long.
Patients who only require surgery on their lower jaw generally experience a quicker recovery.
However, patients who need upper jaw surgery usually take more time to recover.
During your recovery period, you should try to avoid strenuous activity, such as playing sports, until your facial bones have fully healed.