Functional Orthodontics

A functional orthodontic appliance is an appliance that produces all or part of its effect by altering the position of the mandible/maxilla. Also known as dentofacial orthopedic appliances, these appliances utilize the muscle action of the patient to produce orthodontic or orthopedic forces.

A dentist can use removable appliances to achieve the following goals:

  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • The improvement of speech or eating (oral function)
  • The long-term health of gums and teeth
  • Prevention of long-term excessive wear or trauma
  • Treating an improper bite
  • Improving smile esthetics
  • Improve facial symmetry

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