Functional orthodontics aims to improve the development of the skeleton of the face and mouth of the patient by intervening on the growth and coordination processes of bones, muscles and teeth.

Functional orthodontics has application in childhood and pre-adolescent age, especially within close proximity of growth spurts.

However, in recent years, the functional aspects of orthodontic therapy have been emphasized at all ages, since a balance between anatomy and function, between skeletal muscles and dental structures can be pursued even at the end of development and in adults.

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