Longitudinal cephalometric growth of untreated subjects with Class II Division 2 malocclusion.
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INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to evaluate the craniofacial growth of subjects with untreated Class II Division 2 malocclusion. METHODS: A mixed longitudinal sample of 39 white Class II Division 2 subjects was analyzed at 5 time points: T1 (6 or 7years), T2 (9 or 10years), T3 (12 or 13years), T4 (15 or 16years), and T5 (18 or 19years). They were compared with an age- and sex- matched sample of Class I controls. Seventeen measurements (12 angular, 5 proportional) were computed. Multilevel modeling procedures were used to statistically describe the growth changes and to evaluate group differences. RESULTS: There were no group differences in the relative sizes and anteroposterior positions of the jaws during childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. Subjects with Class II Division 2 malocclusion demonstrated significantly (P<0.05) smaller mandibular plane angles, smaller palatal-to-mandibular plane angles, larger posterior-to-anterior facial height ratios, smaller gonial angles, smaller cranial base angles, larger interincisal angles, and more retroclined maxillary incisors than did the Class I subjects. The hypodivergent patterns were established early and became more pronounced over time. Group differences in the mandibular plane angle, palatal-to-mandibular plane angle, gonial angle, interincisal angle, and maxillary incisor-to-cranial base angle, as well as the posterior-to-anterior facial height ratio all increased over time; the difference in the cranial base angle remained unchanged over time. Retroclination of the maxillary incisors occurred primarily during the early mixed dentition. CONCLUSIONS: Subjects with Class II Division 2 malocclusion are more hypodivergent and have more upright maxillary incisors than do subjects with Class I occlusion. Hypodivergence establishes itself early and increases progressively through early adulthood; maxillary incisor retroclination occurs early.