Twin Block functional braces are a specialized type of orthodontic appliance designed to correct specific bite issues, particularly in growing children and teenagers. They are named "Twin Block" because they consist of two separate blocks, one for the upper jaw and one for the lower jaw, which work together to achieve the desired orthodontic corrections. A removable retainer at the end of treatment is necessary to preserve the result.
Twin Block braces are effective for treating malocclusions, such as overbites and underbites, by encouraging proper jaw positioning. The design of these braces aims to achieve the following:
Other types of functional appliances are available but they are not as easy to wear as Twin Blocks.
Thi is is a functional appliance that is constructed as a single piece that covers both the upper and lower teeth. As this comes in a single piece, it makes speech difficult.
Also known as Invisalign MA, this is an innovative orthodontic treatment option that combines the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners with a mandibular advancement component that aims to advance the lower jaw progressively in the same way that a Twin Block does.
The duration of treatment is usually between 6 – 18 months but can vary depending on the case, the problem that causes it, and whether the child will wear the device as recommended by the orthodontist.
Twin Block functional braces are a valuable orthodontic tool for correcting specific bite issues, particularly in growing patients. They work by guiding the development of the jaws, leading to improved facial aesthetics and a functional bite. If you believe that a patient may benefit from Twin Block braces, consult with your orthodontist for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.
You can call Kingston Orthodontics on 0203 002 2501 to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist for your child’s initial dental assessment to determine if functional orthodontics is necessary.
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