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2020 Winter Conference

Vertical Growth in Children, Development of Open Bites

Feb 7, 2020 8:45am ‐ Feb 7, 2020 9:15am


Development of the vertical dimension in human faces results from the interaction of environmental and genetic factors in a mosaic pattern of growth. Craniofacial morphology is often referred to as the result of "Form following Function." But how does this happen? This presentation will present an overview of how genetics, gene/protein expression, environmental factors and epigenetics are involved in the development of facial form.

Learning Objectives:
  • Comprehend how genetics fits in the Functional Matrix Theory.
  • Appreciate the various levels of how genetics and environment interact.
  • Gain a better understanding at the cellular level how to have Form follow Function and what will need to happen to maintain a change in Form.


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