Functional Orthodontic Appliances
06-15-2010, shows an anterior open bite and a constricted palate.
12-15-2010, shows improvement.
View of the appliance in the mouth.
Some patients can be initially treated with a functional appliance, generally followed by comprehensive orthodontic treatment after most of the permanent teeth have erupted. A functional appliance produces light forces that guide dental and jaw development during the facial growth years.
Functional appliances have their greatest success during the time when the permanent teeth are starting to more fully develop, usually around the age of age nine to eleven. Dr. Rose and Dr. Malik encourage parents to make an appointment to have their child evaluated before all the permanent teeth have erupted, especially if they, or the dentist, suspect an orthodontic problem is developing or exists.
The photographs show the treatment results from a functional appliance called a "Frozat". Dr. Rose and Dr. Malik can determine which appliance is appropriate for your child. Call (281) 493-2370 to make an appointment.