CAUSES OF DENTOFACIAl DEFORMITY
, lalocclusion and associated abnormalities ofthe skeletal components of the face can be classified as either acquired or devciopmcntat. Acquired deformities result from trauma or other external influences that alter facial morphology. Developmental deformities result from abnormal growth
of facial structures. Although it is not within the scope of this book to present a detailed discussion of facial growth, an understandingof basic principles as they relate to the development of dentofacial deformities is essential.