Functional Appliances for Children

Start early and your child could avoid braces!

If your children’s teeth look crooked, protruding or overcrowded, then you shouldn’t wait until they are teenagers to deal with the problem. Often the early use of a functional appliance can correct development issues and even avoid the need for braces altogether.

What is a functional appliance?

A functional appliance is an expandable fixed or removable orthodontic appliance. It gradually expands, gently reforming your child’s arches. As much as two teeth spaces can be created using this process, greatly reducing overcrowding.

This form of treatment is best if there is a mismatch between the upper and lower jaws or if the jaws have not developed correctly.

At what age should treatment start?

Treatment should start when your child’s adult molars are through (usually at six or seven years of age).

What is involved?

A course of treatment is normally less than a year and can be as short as seven months.

The first step involves creating a precise mould of the inside of your child’s mouth. From these moulds upper and lower appliances are created, called plates. These are installed, reviewed by our dentist and regularly adjusted by you, the parent. This creates the gentle pressure that is necessary to correct your child’s jaw development.

At the end of the treatment your child’s re-shaped mouth is well prepared for all their full adult teeth to fit into place, often removing the need for braces. If their adult teeth do come into the mouth crooked then braces will generally straighten them more easily, as the functional appliance has already done the hard work.

Thousands of children walk out of dental practices every day without the early treatment they require – at Cremorne Dental we won’t let this happen. Make an appointment for your child today.