3 Things Everyone Should Know About Functional Orthodontics

4 February 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

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What is functional orthodontics? One of the easiest ways to understand functional orthodontics is to look at it alongside traditional orthodontics. Traditional orthodontics make sure your teeth look good. Functional orthodontics make sure your teeth look good and function well, too. After all, your teeth aren't there just to make your smile look nice; you have to actually use them. Want to know more? Keep reading for three things everyone should know about functional orthodontics. 

1. Functional Orthodontics Enhances The Facial Profile and Appearance

It is true that functional orthodontics is, as its name suggests, focused more on improving the function of the teeth and jaws than on just making them look nice. However, that doesn't mean functional orthodontists are not interested in improving appearance. Functional orthodontists focus on reshaping and repositioning the upper and lower jaw into a more harmonious position. When the jaws are adjusted, making room for the teeth so that they are not overcrowded and crooked, the profile and overall facial appearance are often significantly improved. 

2. Functional Orthodontics Helps Address A Variety Of Conditions

Functional orthodontics is meant to address more than just crooked teeth. Some of the issues most commonly addressed by those who practice functional orthodontics include:

  • Severe spacing or crowding
  • Occlusal irregularities, such as crossbite of the back and front teeth
  • Excessive chipping or wear of the front teeth
  • Insufficient tongue space

Functional orthodontics can also help treat a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Migraine headaches
  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hearing problems
  • Upper airway obstructions/mouth breathing
  • Sleep disorders/sleep apnea

3. Functional Orthodontists Do Not Believe In Surgery

In the field of orthodontics, there are two main schools of thought. The first is that those with abnormal dental features obtained those features through environmental influences, rather than genetics. Because they believe it was environmental factors that contributed, functional orthodontists believe that the abnormal dental features can be repaired without surgery. Traditional orthodontists, on the other hand, believe that a person's abnormal dental features are genetic and, therefore, need to be treated with surgery and/or tooth extraction. 

If you or your child suffer from any of the conditions listed above, are looking for an improved facial profile along with enhanced teeth and jaw function, or just want to go the non-surgical route, consider functional orthodontics to treat your dental issues. You will get great results, both in form and function. For additional information contact an office like Village Square Dental Centre or another location.