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Types of braces: Functional appliances

Functional appliances - Salford Orthodontist

Functional appliances are designed to correct the development of the bite, the jaw relationships and to improve the profile as you grow.

We use two main types of functional appliances.

The twin block appliance consists of two removable braces, one for the top teeth and one for the lower teeth. We use the Twin Block Appliance when most of the adult teeth have erupted.

The bionator is very similar but is made in one piece and is used for younger patients and is used when there are still deciduous teeth to be lost. These braces are more difficult to get used to at the beginning because they are bulky.

It normally takes a week to get used to a functional brace. If worn correctly, they are extremely effective and get terrific results.

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