In orthodontics, functional appliances help the teeth to shift in its proper position just like how aligners function. Usually, dentists would use this type to correct teeth misalignment that affect the upper teeth set. Overbites, the condition where the upper teeth overlap the lower bites, is one of the most common issues that need functional aligner.
Other uses of these dental appliances include the correction of the occlusion. The Airport Dental Centre in Oshawa finds these appliances helpful in improving the contact of the bites and provide better eating and speaking functions.
Types of functional appliances
Functional appliances are either removable or fixed. Although fixed dental appliances have notable advantages, the removable types are more popular. Nevertheless, removable appliances must still be worn for most of the time, even while sleeping. They could only be taken off if you have to clean your teeth or have to play contact sports. This is to ensure its effectivity and to aim the success of the treatment after 9 to 12 months without extension.
Who can wear them?
These appliances are best for patients whose teeth are still developing, according to our Oshawa dentist. This type of aligner is efficient for mild cases of teeth misalignment. So, adult patients with more complex malocclusion issues would have to use a more effective appliance like metal braces.
The process of making functional appliances is similar to how braces and retainers are made. Your dentist will have to get your teeth impression first before creating your dental appliance. The impression will be used to create your teeth mold. Once your teeth mold is made, the Oshawa dentist will start bending the wires over the model. He will do this by hands to fabricate your custom-made dental appliance and make sure that it is your precise fit.