Functional appliances

Functional appliances are often used at the start of orthodontic treatment. Their main purpose is to aid the proper growth of young jaws, so that they align properly.

Functional appliances are used before - and in conjunction with - comprehensive orthodontic treatment, and can significantly shorten the time your child spends in braces or aligners.

Types of functional appliances

The two most common functional appliances we use here at SmileLux are the Twin Block and Herbst appliances. If this type of treatment is recommended for your child, Dr Hirani will discuss the most appropriate functional appliance during your child’s consultation with us.

Functional Appliances

Twin Block appliance

The Twin Block appliance is a powerful, removable brace used to straighten protruding top teeth. The appliance is designed to encourage the lower jaw to grow forwards, improve muscle function and correct the relationships of the front and back teeth.

Functional Appliances

Herbst appliance

The Herbst appliance is a fixed appliance which is often used in conjunction with braces. It helps the lower jaw develop in a forward direction to correct overbites in young patients.

Functional Appliances

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If you would like to find out how orthodontic treatment could benefit your child, book a FREE consultation with one of our Treatment Coordinators through our website, or call 01908 398068.

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Functional Appliances

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SmileLux Specialist Orthodontic Centre
12 Whittle Court
Knowlhill
Milton Keynes
MK5 8FT

01908 398 068 Directions & Opening times