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A 21-year-old female asked:

can adult (age 20) correct overbite by functional appliances? for instance, herbst appliance

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Kooyman
Cosmetic Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: Yes appliance therapy can be used effectively in adults. All cases are different and need proper records for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. Other treatment may be needed depending on your situation including other appliances and braces.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Possibly: Depends upon the person, his/her teeth and jaw alignment and examination and measurements taken by the practitioner. I would get more than one opinion to help you be comfortable with your decision.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
NO!!!!!: Functional appliances are moderately effective at altering growth in growing tweens/teens, and ineffective in non-growing adults. Please see a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for guidance.

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Last updated Jun 24, 2016

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