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Functional Orthodontic Appliances

Functional Orthodontic at Al Qudrah!

There are a variety of appliances used by orthodontists to realign teeth and fix bite issues, and here at Al Qudrah Medical Center, we will find the right solution for you. Depending on the condition of your teeth, we offer braces that deserve a specific purpose, and one option is functional orthodontic appliances.

They are a version of braces that resolve bite problems, which are referred to as Class II.

In this instance, a patient’s row of top teeth bite in front of their lower set. Our specialist at Al Qudrah Medical Center can correct this issue with the use of functional orthodontic appliances.

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How Do Functional Orthodontic Appliances Work?

When enlisting the expertise of our orthodontist, we may recommend using functional orthodontic appliances. When fitted with these braces, the separate upper and lower plastic plates join together to push the lower jaw into a more advanced position.

This is designed to solve bite problems, and in some cases, functional orthodontic appliances are made up of just one piece; however, this version is not always as adaptable. If you require functional orthodontic appliances, your teeth are likely to be tipped, with the lower set moving forwards and the top teeth moving backwards. It is worth bearing in mind that the alterations to your lower jaw should not affect its position long term.

Know the difference between traditional orthodontics and functional orthodontics?

Where traditional orthodontics aims to get your teeth straightened, functional goes a step further. It aims to improve the complete well-being of the patient.

This includes improving your airway and your bite. While it is the aim of functional orthodontics to get your teeth straight, it is only considered as secondary. It aims to address the orthopedic aspects of what a patient’s health should be like. A few of the major things it looks into and should be considered over traditional orthodontics is:

*looking at the skeletal bones in the head and the face

*focusing on the upper and lower jaw bones

*the link between the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to your neck and back

*aiming at the patient’s airway

Hence these are the important factors which should be looked into as they are more health-oriented, defining how orthodontic treatment gets you so much more than straightened teeth.

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No Health Hazards

There are no side effects or health hazards of using functional appliances for your teeth.

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Expert Opinion

Our experts give you honest opinions about results of these appliances based on the condition of your teeth. They also let you know what’s best for you so that your selected service is oriented towards your goal.

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Affordable Care

We provide affordable prices to our clients so that our services are accessible to everyone.

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Latest Technology

We make sure to keep updating our orthodontists labs with latest innovations in technology so that we can provide you with best results.

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Versatile Treatment Options

Our medical center provides option for different types of braces. You will be accommodated based on your need and preference supported by expert advice.

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How Long Does the Treatment Take?

The length of time that a patient needs to wear braces can differ depending on the severity of the problem. With regards to functional orthodontic appliances, the treatment generally comes to an end between nine and 12 months. Each individual case is different, but more often than not, after this period, patients are advised to wear the braces at night.

Moreover, our specialists at Al Qudrah Medical Center may suggest a second course of treatment with a train track brace. We will assess the situation and make the right call to ensure that we achieve the desired results.

Are There Any Alternatives to Functional Orthodontic Appliances?

As mentioned, there are a range of options that our orthodontists at Al Qudrah Medical Center can offer if functional appliances are not best suited for you. These include:

*Fixed Braces
*Removable Braces
*Headgear

Keep in mind, though, that if you have been advised to choose functional orthodontic appliances, then trust in our specialists. They will take detailed measures to decide which braces have the best chance of solving your teeth problems.

How functional orthodontics help children?

The treatment aims to provide facial development among children. This helps in avoiding the need to remove permanent teeth. It comes as part of the whole treatment.

It also provides optimization of certain targeted areas- these include palate expansion which is the increase in the size of your airways and the jaw. This is done through making use of oral appliances and making use of traditional braces so to make extra space for the teeth to be able to come into place.

The Dynamics of Functional Orthodontics:

This treatment is most definitely suited to young children even at an age of 4 or 5 years. The procedure aims to highlight the growth and development of these children.

The two major ways it occurs:

First: The patients are fitted with the oral appliances so to develop the upper and lower jaw bones. These are also called the maxilla and mandible. This treatment has a standard duration of maximum 18months but in some cases it can last longer.

Second Phase: In the second phase, this is when the jaws are already developed and the permanent set of teeth has already come out. The traditional braces are then worn for about 9 to 18months.

This is a highly sought after treatment as it aims at the genetic development and potential of young patients as well as helps in sleep and breathing disorders.

Why Choose Al Qudrah Medical Center for Functional Orthodontic Appliances?

It is imperative that you select an orthodontist that tailors treatment to your specific requirements, and that is exactly what you will get at Al Qudrah Medical Center. We are well aware that every patient has a different result that they want to achieve. Our team of specialists vow to put you on the correct course of treatment depending on the severity of the issue.

Our orthodontist is highly qualified and trained to provide top-quality treatment. Not only will we work to fix the issue, but we will also help get your confidence back. Once the course of treatment comes to an end, the appearance of your teeth should have improved significantly.

Plus, they will be in a much better condition from when you walked through our door. When you visit us here at Al Qudrah Medical Center, we will have a friendly chat about your orthodontic needs and what your biggest concerns are. We will then carry out an examination of your teeth, which will include taking photographs and carrying out x-rays. A mould of your teeth will then be created before putting together an individualized treatment plan.

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F.A.Qs

We are here to provide you with the complete know-how on getting the most from our list of services offered. Here are answers to your most common concerns regarding these services.

If your query isn’t answered here, you are more than welcome to get in touch with our team of professionals at Al-Qudrah Medical Center.

What are functional appliances in orthodontics?

A functional appliance is a removable brace that works on the upper and lower teeth at the same time. There are a number of functional appliances that can be used. We mainly use the Twin Block appliance. Twin Block appliances are used in the growth phase to treat an underdeveloped lower jaw.

Do functional appliances work for adults?

Fixed functional appliance is effective in the treatment of Class II malocclusions, even in adult patients, and can serve as an alternate choice of treatment, especially those who refuse orthognathic surgery.

Is headgear a functional appliance?

The headgear is an effective functional appliance adjunct to treatment of the common Class II malocclusion in the adolescent.

What are functional braces?

Functional braces are removable braces that clip in and out. Your orthodontist can show you one on a model. Usually there will be two separate braces, one which clips onto the top teeth and one which clips onto the bottom teeth (very occasionally these two parts are joined together).

How long does headgear take to work?

To successfully move teeth, a headgear appliance should be worn for 12 hours per day. The good news, however, is that it does not need to be worn for 12 hours in a row. A patient can wear headgear 8 hours while asleep, and finish the remaining 4 hours throughout the day.

What is an orthodontic bite plate?

A bite plate is a piece of equipment used in orthodontic treatments to correct overbites (when a child’s upper teeth overlap too much with their lower teeth).

Do teeth move everyday with braces?

Your teeth gradually shift to the desired position. The change in position is very minor which can be noticed on daily basis. Your teeth are moved by design and there are bio-mechanics that dictate how your teeth will begin to shift into their new positions.

Are braces orthodontic appliances?

Orthodontic appliances are tools that are used to help straighten teeth, prepare the teeth and mouth for braces, and support the braces process.

Is headgear still used in orthodontics?

Introduced in the 1800s, headgear is still used by the majority of orthodontists to treat overbites. Molen Orthodontics no-headgear approach results in gentler, more discreet, yet highly stable orthodontic treatment.

Do braces weaken teeth?

The answer is no. Within the first 1-2 days after the braces are fitted, teeth will begin to shift and feel quite loose. This is the normal pattern of tooth movement and is the method teeth use to move through braces

What is a functional orthodontist?

Functional orthodontics consists of not only straightening a persons teeth, but repositioning the upper and lower jaws to create a better profile. Functional orthodontics approaches straightening teeth in a different way. Instead of pulling crowded teeth the jaw is expanded to make room for them.

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