What is a functional appliance in orthodontics?
Similarly one may ask, what is a functional brace?
Functional braces. Functional braces are designed to improve the way your teeth bite together. For best results, a functional brace is usually followed by a fixed brace to help perfect the position of your teeth. Functional braces are designed to improve the way your teeth bite together.
Likewise, what is the function of a removable orthodontic appliance? A removable appliance is made from a plastic plate with wires coming from the sides. These grip the teeth to keep the brace in place. Removable appliances have a limited number of uses, mainly because they are restricted to moving single teeth and widening either the upper or lower arches.
Regarding this, what is an appliance for braces?
The appliance works by using a system of metal sleeves, bands and rods to hold the lower jaw forward and encourage it to grow. We give our patients the option of either braces or Invisalign for the actual teeth correction (see the pictures for real life results) while the Herbst works on the jaw correction.
Do functional appliances work for adults?
Also, these appliances are most effective when used while the jaw is still developing — in other words, around the time of puberty in children, before growth is complete. However, some can be used in adults as well. The use of functional appliances is a key feature of interceptive orthodontics.