Is Functional Jaw Orthopedics
the same as regular orthodontics?
No, they differ greatly. Orthodontics
is "the division of dentistry dealing with the
prevention and correction of abnormally positioned or
aligned teeth" (Taber's Cyclopedica Medical Dictionary).
Functional Jaw Orthopedics deals with the prevention
and correction of abnormally positioned or aligned jaws,
but may utilize certain orthodontic techniques in doing
How much does Functional Jaw
Orthopedics really differ from regular orthodontics?
In some ways they are 180 degrees apart,
in essence total opposites. Regular orthodontics for
decades has utilized predominantly UP & BACK forces
on teeth and jaws during periods of growth--serial extractions,
arch shrinkage and head gear. Functional Jaw Orthopedics
for decades has utilized predominantly DOWN & FORWARD
forces on teeth and jaws during periods of growth--early
arch development, tooth preservation and forward pull
Do treatment results differ
between Functional Jaw Orthopedics and regular orthodontics?
Yes, a great deal. Functional Jaw Orthopedics
makes beautiful broad smiles, nice pleasing facial profiles,
good facial balance, healthier TMJs, and stable results.
But most of all, FJO treatment makes a nice broad smile
a patient can grow in to, not out of.
Who provides Functional Jaw
Progressive general dentists, pedodontists,
and orthodontists provide FJO Treatment. To find a progressive
Functional Jaw Orthopedic dentist near you contact:
The American Association for Functional Orthodontics
How much does FJO Treatment
FJO Treatment costs about the same
or less than traditional orthodontics. A single 6 to
18 month phase of a multiple phase plan might cost $1-3,000.
Sometimes a single short phase of treatment is all that
is necessary to make room for teeth. Multiple phases
of treatment or a full single 2-3 year treatment might
cost $3-6,000 in total.
How early should a child be
examined or screened for FJO Treatment need?
A Functional Jaw examination should
occur by age 2 when all the baby teeth are in and the
upper and lower jaws function together. The American
Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic
consultation by age seven. The American Dental Association
recommends a first dental visit by age three.
How early would a child be
treated if needed?
Because Functional Jaw Orthopedics
places emphasis on early treatment to prevent and correct
jaw alignments appliances might be prescribed as early
as age 2, 3 or 4. Just as with modern early orthopedic
correction of crooked feet, early jaw orthopedics is
better than procrastination while crooked growth occurs.