Functional Orthodontics in Sunnyvale

Orthodontics is commonly associated with straightening teeth for a more cosmetically pleasing smile. Yet at Long Creek Dental, we are passionate about going the extra mile regarding your dental care. Our practice focuses on functional orthodontics to enhance smiles and address fundamental issues with jaw and bite alignment. We always prioritize your overall dental health and work to facilitate a comfortable, confident bite, all while crafting a beautiful smile you love.

Our dedicated dental team leverages our many decades of experience as we treat the residents of Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities. Over the years, we have constantly updated our approach to dental healthcare, and this forward-thinking strategy is evident in our commitment to functional orthodontics.

If you're looking for a practice that genuinely cares not only about the appearance of your smile, but the foundational aspects of your oral health, our team is here for you. Contact us for your initial appointment and learn how functional orthodontics can improve your quality of life!


What Is Functional Orthodontics?

Functional orthodontics is a holistic approach to orthodontic treatment that emphasizes straightening teeth and improving the overall function and balance of the jaw and facial structures. This method goes beyond traditional orthodontics by focusing on the development and alignment of the jaw, often starting in childhood to utilize natural growth processes. Key aspects and benefits of functional orthodontics include:

  • Jaw Development and Position: We guide the growth of the jaw, addressing issues like underdeveloped jaws and misaligned jaw positions, which can affect facial symmetry and dental health.
  • Early Intervention: Our team emphasizes starting treatment early and takes advantage of the natural growth process, guiding it along for more optimal jaw and facial structure development.
  • Use of Specialized Appliances: We make use of dental appliances like expanders and functional retainers, along with many other tools and techniques. Our team aims to modify jaw growth for children and alter mature jawbones to improve bite. Our approach can potentially reduce the need for extractions or surgery to correct alignment issues.
  • Holistic Approach: Our functional orthodontic process carefully accounts for overall facial development, airway health, and posture, aiming for improvements in breathing, sleep, and facial aesthetics in addition to creating beautiful, straighter smiles.

Addressing the Orthodontic Needs of Children & Adults

Functional orthodontics is beneficial for people of all ages. Our experienced team works to understand your or your child's unique orthodontic needs and creates a personalized treatment plan to address them. We offer a variety of orthodontic devices to stimulate and guide jaw growth and correct alignment issues. Consultations with our dental team will help determine the best treatment plan for you or your child.

  • Services for Children: We may offer functional orthodontic interventions as we monitor your children's dental growth and development. One of the main focuses of our orthodontic approach is catching growth abnormalities early on, because correcting them while the jaw is still growing is an effective and easier way of mitigating negative impacts. We may provide corrective appliances to guide the proper growth and alignment of your child's smile, and we'll also talk about how braces and aligners work into your child's treatment plan.
  • Services for Adults: Functional orthodontics offers unique solutions that cater to the needs of a mature jaw structure. Understanding that adult bones are no longer growing, our approach includes advanced orthodontic techniques and appliances that can effectively realign teeth and improve jaw function. This may involve using clear aligners, specialized retainers, or other orthodontic devices tailored to address specific issues like bite misalignment, spacing, or crowding of teeth. Our focus is on creating aesthetically pleasing results and enhancing oral functionality and overall health.

Sunnyvale Functional Orthodontics FAQs

At Long Creek Dental, we recognize that navigating the world of orthodontic treatments can be overwhelming. To assist you in making well-informed choices for your dental care, our team is committed to providing detailed answers to all your questions about functional orthodontics. Understanding the nuances of your treatment options is crucial for a successful and comfortable orthodontic experience. Here are some common questions we encounter:

How long do your orthodontic treatments usually take?

The duration of functional orthodontic treatment varies depending on individual cases. It can take anywhere from 12-24 months, similar to traditional braces, but can differ based on the complexity of the case.

The cost of functional orthodontics can be slightly higher than traditional braces due to its comprehensive approach to correcting jaw and teeth alignment, but prices vary depending on the specific needs of each patient.

Yes, wearing a retainer after functional orthodontic treatment is essential to maintain the new position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back, similar to post-treatment care in traditional orthodontics.

Sunnyvale Functional Orthodontics for a Straighter Smile

At Long Creek Dental, we are passionate about providing you and your family with healthier, straighter smiles through our unique approach to straightening teeth. Whether you need traditional braces, clear aligners, or comprehensive orthodontic care for your child, our Sunnyvale dentist is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and learn how functional orthodontics can transform your smile and quality of life.


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