In order to achieve the best results, orthodontic treatment sometimes requires special devices. One of them is functional device. These are orthodontic devices for correcting irregular occlusions, pushing the lower jaw forward and thereby creating the most possibly correct jaw position.
PRINCIPLE OF FUNCTIONAL DEVICES OPERATION
Functional device helps the patient to hold the lower jaw in the right position, so it adjusts the direction of jaw growth.
The best time to get help with functional device is around twelfth – fourteenth year of life. It is during this period that intensive growth has taken place, so that the growth of the lower jaw can be directed in the right direction to achieve the best results.
WEARING DURATION OF FUNCTIONAL DEVICES
Functional devices are divided into removable and non-removable. Removable devices are worn for about 12 to 18 months until the required lower jaw position is reached. Meanwhile, the use of non-removable devices is usually around 8 to 12 months, as they are worn for 24 hours a day.
In terms of removable functional devices, the following are the most commonly used in our clinic:
In order to achieve the best results, it is recommended to wear the device for 16-18 hours a day. Each patient should be aware that treatment is less effective when the device is worn shorter.