Growth Guidance Orthodontics

Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance (AGGA) and Removable Growth Guidance Appliance (RGGA)

The Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance (AGGA) or Removable Growth Guidance Appliance (RGGA) is the first phase of a two-phase orthodontic treatment system. These appliances fit on the roof of your mouth while giving the tongue enough space to comfortably rest. They apply a gentle force to the bones and teeth which stimulates growth on the upper jaw (maxilla).

At All Smiles we offer this system to our young patients. These appliances allow children to catch up on the growth that was impeded in earlier development and reach their unique genetic potential. Our clinicians at All Smiles will recommend which appliance is best suited to your child’s needs.

What you need to know about Growth Guidance Orthodontics

The AGGA and RGGA appliances help patients in a number of ways, both aesthetically and functionally. These appliance are custom-designed uniquely for each patient to develop the upper jaw three-dimensionally over time, by remodeling the bones to improve form and function. By adjusting the bones, we have the ability to bring children’s bodies into the DNA potential that was corrupted during growth by their environment. This not only improves facial features, but also opens the airway.  The goal of this treatment is not for perfectly straight teeth but to stimulate growth toward a normal direction in order to minimise the need for more extensive treatment (such as extraction of adult teeth or jaw surgery) at an older age. Often children who are treated with AGGA/ RGGA appliances do not require braces, however for those that do, it is more a cosmetic alignment that is needed rather than a major jaw correction.

Treatment times will vary based on the child’s needs, however usually is between 6 to 9 months. Typically these appliances can grow the jaw 1-2mm per month, therefore regular visits every 4 to 6 weeks are important to check on progress and make any adjustments needed.

Upper Teeth AGGA

Upper Teeth RGGA

Fixed Removable Lingual Arch (FRLA)

After AGGA/RGGA treatment has been completed an FRLA may be placed in the mouth.  The Fixed-Removable Lingual Arch (FRLA) is a fixed appliance worn around the first molars of the lower or upper jaw. It acts as an anchor for the molars. The appliance is put in the mouth by temporarily bonding composite pads to the lower molars to open up the bite and allow the jaw to freely move as it remodels.

Fixed Braces

Further alignment of the teeth may be required with fixed braces treatment for a period of time. This period has been greatly reduced by interceptive treatment with RGGA/ AGGA appliances, as the foundations on which the teeth are being moved have been stimulated for growth to accommodate the teeth.

All Smiles Stories

Payal C.

The team at All Smiles Dental are fantastic! I went to another clinic for my toothache and they were terrible. Luckily i found Dr Krystal Tarak who took time to explain what was needed for my teeth. Despite my fear of dentist, it was a pleasant experience and i look forward to going back. Awesome service. Highly recommend!

Nadia V.

So glad I got my invisalign braces done with All Smiles! The girls made me feel welcome and at ease straight away. Whenever I had a small part that needed to be fixed or amended they were quick to accommodate me. Super happy with the results and how my teeth look. Thank you ladies for making me feel confident with my smile and making the dentist much more enjoyable!

Irene Y.

Amazing experience with Dr Krystal and the team at All Smiles! Friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the way we were given all the information plainly and explained thoroughly. We were offered options, and given honest educated advice. This clinic really is passionate about their work and CARES for their patients. Our previous experience with dentists in NZ was not great, but All Smiles has not only restored our faith in dentists – but made our experience very pleasant and enjoyable. THANK YOU!!

More Orthodontics Dental Services


Invisalign® aligner trays are constructed with smooth, comfy and virtually transparent plastic that you wear over your teeth.


Myofunctional therapy can be used as an early intervention method for young children in order to minimise the need for more extensive treatment such as arch expansion or braces later on.


The FASTBRACES® TURBOTM bracket is lightweight and robust with an overall outline and low profile that ensures optimum protection for the interior surface of the lips and gums for minimum irritation during treatment.

Conventional Braces

Orthodontic treatment is performed to correct a dental irregularity such as malocclusion (bad bite), overcrowded teeth, to aid oral hygiene or for cosmetic alignment.

ClearCorrect Aligner

ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value compared to other systems.

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All Smiles Dental

395 Dominion Road
Mount Eden
Auckland 1024

Phone  0800 255 764


Monday 9:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday 8:00AM – 3:00PM

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