Journal Article

Vertical facial growth and statural growth in girls: a longitudinal comparison

M. C. J. van der Beek, J. B. Hoeksma and B. Prahl-Andersen

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 18, issue 6, pages 549-555
Published in print December 1996 | ISSN: 0141-5387
e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Vertical facial growth and statural growth in girls: a longitudinal comparison

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Individual and average growth patterns of the facial dimensions Nasion-Gnathion and Sella-Gonion, as related to statural growth were studied. The sample consisted of 134 girls aged 7–14 years. Data were analysed using a multivariate extension of the multilevel model for longitudinal data.

The results confirmed that the mean growth curves of Nasion-Gnathion, Sella-Gonion and body height parallel each other to a large extent. At an individual level it appeared that the pubertal growth spurt of body height and the growth spurts of both facial dimensions are coincident. The major results of the present study pertain to the dynamic (age-dependent) relationship between statural growth and the growth of the face. It appears that there exists a stronger relationship between the growth velocities of standing height, Sella-Gonion and Nasion-Gnathion than between the actual lengths of the three variables themselves. The strongest relation was found between the growth velocity of body height and that of Sella-Gonion. These findings may be a contribution for diagnosis and treatment planning of individual cases.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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