There was a time that almost all orthodontic patients had healthy teeth extracted.

There was a time that no one cared or really knew about how faces grew. And there was a time that no one recognised the importance of the airway and how breathing is affected by how faces grow.

The new view is that the airway is ALL important, more important than a healthy bite. New developments have come into how orthodontics is practised. Slowly but surely, these ideas are entering into the public consciousness as well.

These exciting developments are less about teeth, and more towards an understanding and manipulation of the facial skeleton. When thinking about a bad bite or smile, people usually vocalise the problem in terms of their teeth.

But there is an increasing community expectation that treatment involves much more than just how to straighten front teeth, and more about how to straighten and correct the proportion of the face.

Preserving teeth. Understanding snoring. Looking at facial symmetry or proportionality. Assessing jaw joint health. Understanding facial appearance.

Having a small lower jaw seems to be at the heart of many dental problems we see today, and IMDO™ addresses the fundamental cause that intimately connects all of these considerable issues.

What is IMDO™?

IMDO™ (Intermolar Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis) is a unique surgical process designed specifically to treat adolescents with a small lower jaw. IMDO™ describes not just the surgical process, but also the wider philosophies for ideal treatment of the small lower jaw.

A small lower jaw is typically described by dentists and orthodontists as a class II malocclusion, which is essentially an observation that the bottom teeth are further back in the mouth than they should be.

A class II malocclusion looks like the upper arch of teeth is too big for the lower arch. It can appear that your child has too many teeth for their mouth, they have obvious dental crowding, and their upper front teeth are too big.

IMDO™ identifies and treats the underlying cause of the condition, which is purely a lack of jaw growth. The simple and logical reason that all the lower teeth sit further back in the mouth is because the lower jaw has failed to grow.

What does having a small lower jaw really mean?
How does IMDO™ surgery work?
What changes can I expect with IMDO™ surgery?
How does IMDO™ compare to conventional orthodontics?
Can IMDO™ be performed in adults?
What is the IMDO™ process?

‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’