What are the different types of appliances?
As opposed to conventional orthodontics, functional orthodontics is a gentle method that does not force rapid changes on the bone and dental structure. The tools used are most often removable appliances (functional activators, removable plates, etc.), in combination with various therapeutic and visual aids over the course of the treatment. Instructions are given on exercises to improve the functioning of the mouth.
The motivation and participation of the child, as well the involvement of the parents, are essential. The functional approach does not exclude fixed appliances and accessories (such as braces). To reach all of the goals set out in advance, the use of more conventional methods is sometimes recommended, to be used gently and progressively.