Orthodontics and Functional Orthopedics
Traditional orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws; whereas functional orthopedics is the orthodontic technique to modify jaw growth to synchronize the shape of the upper jaw and the lower jaw. This is a new approach to realign jaws and straighten teeth.
Appropriate and timely functional treatment can have a great effect on your child's development. Functional orthopedics is a therapy of short duration and may involve removable appliances that often make more extensive therapy (braces) unnecessary. Also, it is a great way to help younger patients avoid many tooth conditions such as sleep apnea, T.M.J. pain, poor sleep habits, small lower jaw (weak chin profile), and proud upper teeth (buck teeth) that may lead to poor self-image.