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Some problems that orthodontic specialists are trained to deal with involve correcting jaw disharmonies using dentofacial orthopedics.
In growing patients, removable functional appliances can be used to put the jaws in balance, achieve good facial muscle function and create natural facial proportions.
This treatment is most effective around the ages of seven or eight in order to take more advantage of growth. These appliances can be designed to not only move teeth but also correct the alignment of the jaws, which hold the teeth.
Functional appliances can sometimes be used alone to correct a problem but often additional treatment with braces may be required. An orthodontic specialist is properly trained to diagnose your problem correctly and recommend the right treatment.