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Functional Appliance


Functional appliance to help move teeth or align jaws

Functional appliances use the muscle action from speaking, eating, and swallowing to create forces that move teeth and align the jaws. Some functional appliances are removable. Others are bonded to the teeth. A functional appliance may fit between the upper and lower teeth. Or it may span across the mouth between the molars, pressing the bone outward.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
Last RevisedJanuary 2, 2013

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