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Functional Dental Appliances in Dee Why

Certain orthodontic issues relate to the fit between the upper and lower jaws as well as the teeth. In such cases, functional appliances can be used to improve the jaw position, improving the balance and harmony of the facial profile. Removable plates and appliances are available at Wavescape Orthodontics.

These devices put control into your hands. Worn around the clock, they achieve the desired movements to correct growth discrepancies and align the teeth and jaw. Braces may be worn following such treatment, though they will likely be necessary for a shorter period, meaning lower costs are involved.


What age is appropriate for functional appliances?

They can be used from childhood into teenage years.

Why is jaw alignment important?

Besides enjoying how it feels to have a smile that’s aligned, aesthetics also come into play because the jaw shape affects the entire facial profile. Beyond these considerations, when the upper and lower jaws are aligned, your child can chew correctly. Chewing affects digestion and digestive health, meaning jaw alignment is a vital component of your child’s overall health.

Are functional appliances removable or fixed?

Both fixed and removable formats are available. When an imbalance in the jaw is detected, Dr Riaan Foot (Orthodontist) may use a functional appliance as the first treatment option. It may then be followed up by having braces to further the improvement of the bite and tooth alignment.

What kind of results will there be?

The effectiveness of functional appliances is usually related to two simple yet important factors: how often your child adheres to wearing the appliance (if a removable appliance is chosen as the most appropriate solution) and how quickly they’re growing. A large amount of growth while using the appliance can mean better results.

Find Out More

If you’d like to discuss functional appliances in Dee Why, contact our team today! We’d be happy to discuss you or your child’s oral health and what we may be able to do to improve your smile. Health funds are accepted at our practice. If you don’t have health fund coverage, we offer in-house payment plans that are flexible and will consider your budget.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Functional Dental Appliances Dee Why, Northern Beaches, Curl Curl, Narraweena NSW | 02 9984 9849