General Principles of Facial Growth
The development of proper facial form and function is a complex process af ected- by many factors. The primary sites of growth in the face and cranium are the free mar- ‘gins of the bony’ surfaces, sutures, synchondroses, and .
mandibular condyle. In the area of the craniofacial complex, reas exist’ that appear to have their own intrinsic growth potential, including the sphenooccipital and sphenoethrnoidal synchondroses and the nasal septum.
In addition. the majority of growth of the bones of the face occurs in response to adjacent soft tissue and the unctional demands placed on the underlying bone. This theory, called the functional mattix theory, explains the
dimensions of these growth patterns.