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How does Functional Orthodontics Differ From Traditional Orthodontics?

April 26, 2010

Functional Orthodontics treats earlier (as young as ages 5 or 6) when problems are recognized, and aims to make room for teeth to fit in, resulting in broader smiles. Dr. Gasper sees remarkable changes with early facial growth and development in children who are treated with Functional Orthodontics.

Traditional Orthodontics encourages patients to wait until they are about 12 and all of their adult teeth have grown in.  The doctor then removes teeth to create more room in the mouth.  The remaining teeth are then retracted with braces.  More extractions of teeth results in narrower smiles.

Functional Orthodontics eliminates skeletal dysfunctions such as airway issues, snoring and TMJ problems.

Traditional Orthodontics just addresses the teeth.

Functional Orthodontics develops the proper skeletal size, dimension and position, including cheekbones and balancing the nose to the chin. This results in a balanced, really good looking face.

With Traditional Orthodontics, the teeth may be straight, but arches/smiles can sometimes still be too narrow or the face can still protrude.

Functional Orthodontics is progressive and most importantly shows superior clinical results–nicer wider smiles. FO treatment is practiced by a growing number of highly skilled, highly trained general dentists, pedodontists, and orthodontists.

According to Dr. Ken Gasper, of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, waiting until the child has all of their permanent teeth to make decisions is too late.

“It’s like closing the barn door after the horses are gone.”

When Dr. Gasper see children he wants to know why there’s crowding.  Dr. Gasper uses Functional Orthodontics to correct the facial appearance as well as functional outcome.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics.

Call today! … for a complimentary evaluation of your child’s facial growth and development including airway analysis.   719-694-2476.

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