We can define modern functional orthodontics as follows: Functional orthodontic treatment will change structures according to the functional needs. General treatment directions should follow the airway and embryological needs (maxillary development and mandibular advancement). Applied forces and force directions should not cause side effects on facial muscles, facial and cranial bones and the cervical spine. The applied appliance should not prevent but enhance the correction of the orofacial myofunction. Based on the functional interdependence orthodontic specialties must accept that we have to work as a team and the orthodontic treatment plan has to be a part of an interdisciplinary plan.
Gabor Hermann graduated from the Semmelweis Medical University, Dental School, Budapest. Postgraduate orthodontic program at SE University, Budapest. Damon European instructor, Lingual orthodontic user, active member of WSLO. Invisalign user, owner of a 3D digital aligner laboratory. Studying osteopathic cranial treatment. Developer and has been working in an interdisciplinary craniofacial functional team since 2012.
– Categorize orthodontic treatments, like cosmetic, structural reconstructive and functional.
– Define modern functional orthodontics as not being equal to the application of a functional appliance.
– Describe modern functional orthodontics as a new paradigm, especially as anorthodontic activity that works in an interdisciplinary functional team.