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When Functional Education rhymes with alignment
Home What’s up Doc ! When Functional Education rhymes with alignment

Orthodontics : it's not only for teenagers !

Thinking about orthodontics means thinking about children or teenagers. However, more and more French practices are noticing a 30% increase in the number of appointments made by adults… A trend that raises questions about the care available to this population!

Several treatments are available

Traditional fixed appliances, which can be placed on the inside or outside of the teeth, are still the most common solution, with a more or less high budget depending on the chosen aesthetic (steel, ceramic, sapphire-monocrystalline, etc.).

At the same time, the aligner solution is making its way into the therapeutic offering. Popularized in the press and on social media by celebrities and influencers, this technique brings with it a modern clinical approach. 

Predictability, digital management of flows, remote monitoring, are all advantages that win over the medical team and the patient. Other advantages particularly appreciated by patients are aesthetics, comfort and discretion. The treatment time (between 12 and 24 months) and the cost (about €1,200/quarter) can be obstacles but they are to be put in comparison with a need for well-being and self-esteem.

Let's not forget the treatment of dysfunctions!

These deep individual aspirations have become societal aspirations thanks to the development of remote relationships (meetings, videoconferences, etc.). But they should not make us forget that adults, just like their little ones, also need the correction of dental malformations and the rebalancing of functions.

Here again, therapeutic solutions exist, including Functional Education. These treatments, which take the form of flexible splints, act on the orofacial functions. Mandibular emancipation, lingual positioning, labial musculature, TMJ release, all these disorders can be corrected if properly understood.

And the good news is that there is even a solution to combine a functional approach with corrections using aligners. Orthoplus®, a French company specialized in the functional approach for more than 20 years, now offers the S.M.A.R.T® splint.

Worn before aligner treatment, they promote the extrusion of the anterior sectors and the correction of open bites. And by using them before or during splint aligning treatment, they combine the benefits of functional corrections with the mechanical action of splints.

From now on, therapeutic needs and aesthetics are combined for the well-being of all.

Functional Educators are class I medical devices intended to be used to correct oral dysfunctions in children and adults. They are manufactured by the ORTHOPLUS Company. Read the instructions for use carefully before use.

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