Functional Appliance

For our younger patients with protruding upper front teeth, this can often be treated at an early stage to reduce the risk of injury or trauma.

At Inline Orthodontics, we use a functional appliance called a Twin Block which uses the patient’s natural growth potential to encourage the lower jaw to grow in a more normal direction. Often an expansion screw is placed to expand the upper jaw while a wire in front of the top teeth gently places the front teeth in a correct position.

Functional appliances such as the twin block are typically used between the ages of 8-14 years. In most cases, braces are needed after the twin block phase of treatment has finished.

front teeth sticking out

Functional appliance

Twin Block

functional appliance

twin block