The articulator is a hinged rack for assembling jaw models and simulating jaw function. It’s necessary for making dental prostheses in the orthodontic laboratory. At the height of Gnathology, this was regarded as essential for functional diagnosis but this device is usually superfluous for this process. Moreover, it’s particularly superfluous and involves additional costs when using it in orthodontics. Apart from rare exceptions, the use of articulators in orthodontics brings no added benefit compared to conventional jaw models.
Tip: Additional costs for testing jaw models in an articulator are only justified in very rare and special cases. Please meet an orthodontist, who offers diagnostics with articulators, with healthy scepticism. If you’re in doubt, just say no. Everything will work out fine without an articulator.