My Child needs an orthopedic appliance- is that the same as having braces?
Orthopedic appliances, which can be removable or fixed, are used to correct jaw-growth problems only- they do not straighten teeth. These appliances are intended to influence growth and development of the jaws in children and/or teenagers in order to effect changes in facial structure during growth. These orthopedic appliances must be worn for a specified amount of time per day and treatment time can vary from months to years. Your orthodontist would prescribe the type of orthopedic appliance best suitable for your child needs. Once the jaw problem has been corrected, a second phase of treatment is usually required (with braces) to straighten the teeth and allow for a better bite.