What are Functional braces?
Functional braces are one of the lesser known appliances on the market, which is why we’ve decided to write this blog to educate you on what they are best used for.
What are Functional Braces?
Functional braces are a type of appliance that corrects the positioning of the jaw. Functional braces are recommended to younger patients, usually, those who are suffering from an extreme overbite, because they allow the jaw to grow into the perfect position. Functional braces correct your bite, by adapting to the muscles in your face and jaw. So, what are the benefits of functional braces?
They are removable
Functional braces are supposed to be worn throughout the day and at night, however, they are removable, initially, we would advise they are removed for eating, however, once you are used to them it is beneficial to eat with them in situ as it will encourage the treatment to progress. They should be removed, for brushing your teeth, playing a wind instrument and whilst playing sports. Doing this avoids any possible damage such as breakages or bends in the appliance. If a problem does occur, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with your orthodontist.
They correct your bite
Their most obvious benefit is that they assist in correcting your bite.
Improved oral hygiene
While wearing braces it is still as important as usual to keep on top of your oral hygiene routine to avoid bacteria buildup and cavities.
Keeping on top of your oral hygiene routine while wearing braces is incredibly simple, you just brush as normal. Remove your functional braces, then use a soft-medium bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste then brush each tooth, making sure to reach the gum line. Follow this with dental floss and interdental brushes and sweep the bacteria away from the hard-to-reach areas. For added cleanliness, use a fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride mouthwash should be carried out at a separate time to brushing.
How do I clean my Functional Braces?
Cleaning your functional braces is as easy as brushing them gently, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure that this is a different brush to the one that you use to brush your teeth so that the bacteria from your mouth doesn’t transfer to the appliance.
There you have it, everything you needed to know about Functional braces. We hope this blog was helpful in your decision on which brace is the best for you.
If you’re interested in trying Functional braces, then get in touch with us to book a consultation.
- Mohammad Malik