No, that’s unlikely! Although growth helps in the correction of many types of problems, orthodontic intervention is also necessary to correct most dental malocclusions.

Although growth helps the orthodontist to treat skeletal imbalances (jaw shifts), growth alone will not correct the problem. The use of orthodontic appliances during treatment allows the growth potential to be optimally used to try to achieve a better relationship between the jaws.

In some cases where the growth pattern is really unfavourable or abnormal (for example, when the lower jaw bites in front of the upper jaw), any additional growth can actually make the problem worse. It is therefore important that this type of problem be assessed early by an orthodontist.