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There are several types of functional orthodontics, but they are generally designed to help hold the jaw forward. They are effective in correcting protruding upper or lower front teeth and improve one's bite. Functional orthodontics deliver positive results via several ways, e.g. it helps promote or modify jaw growth, make the soft facial tissues and muscles adapt to a new position, and move teeth or change their angulations.
Functional orthodontics is used to solve problems involving jaw disharmonies. With the help of functional appliances, the jaws will be balanced. This will make the patient achieve proportionate facial features as well as better facial muscle function. Remember, functional orthodontics is more effective when done at an early age. It can be used either alone or along with other dental treatments. Fixed appliances, like braces, may also be used properly align the jaws or correct an underdeveloped lower jaw.