Functional Orthopedics & Orthodontics in Guelph

There are many reasons for a patient to initiate orthodontic treatment; a beautiful smile can boost your confidence. Orthodontics more classically involves the use of braces bonded to the teeth. These braces allow us to control the teeth more accurately to fine-tune their relationship with one another and create that beautiful smile. Westwood & Starwood Dental offers orthodontic treatment in Guelph for children, teens and adults. Every patient has their own needs and treatment; Dr. Pate will discuss what the best option is for you.

Functional Orthopedics
Functional orthopedics is usually therapy of short duration, may involve removable appliances and often makes more extensive therapy (braces) unnecessary. Functional Orthopedics are a great way to help younger patients avoid many of the conditions that have plagued their parents. Including poor sleep habits, T.M.J. pain, sleep apnea, small lower jaws (weak chin profile), and proud upper teeth (buck teeth) that may lead to poor self-image.

Dr. Pate offers a no-charge orthodontic consultation to discuss your individual needs. Call today to book your appointment.   

Early Orthodontics Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment focuses on identifying problems early to prevent broader issues down the road or to simplify future corrective treatments, saving both time and money. We recommend that children receive their first orthodontic examination by age 7 before their permanent teeth have developed. An early follow-up allows us to guide erupting teeth and jaw growth, which may lessen the likelihood of tooth extractions and reduce any treatment time in braces. In some circumstances, additional orthodontic treatment may not be necessary.
Early treatment may not be beneficial if orthodontic problems are better addressed once skeletal growth is more advanced.

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Many adults seek orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of their smile or to correct relapse after prior treatment, but it can provide a number of other benefits as well. These include:

  • Creating a better or more comfortable bite, which improves chewing ability
  • Minimizing spaces between teeth
  • Reducing wear on teeth due to grinding
  • Preventing tooth decay, jaw pain, gum loss, and headaches

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What problems can occur with braces?
    • Several problems might occur during your braces treatment. Some of them are:
      • Gum disease if the teeth are pushed out of the jawbone
      • Tenderness due to teeth bite into the gum roof
  • How should I recognize a potential bite problem?
    • If your teeth are crowded, protruded or out of position, you might require orthodontic treatment. Some other signs of a bite problem are frequent biting of the cheek, speech difficulties and mouth breathing. 
  • Will my teeth be extracted during orthodontic treatment?
    • Extraction might be necessary if you have impacted teeth or severely crowded teeth.

Contact Us Today
If you need orthodontics treatment in Guelph, call Westwood & Starwood Dental today to book your appointment. Dr. Pate offers a no charge orthodontic consultation to discuss your individual needs. Conatct us today.