Functional Orthopedica & Orthodontics in Guelph


Westwood & Starwood Dental offer orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults. Every patient has their own individual needs and treatment, Dr. Pate will discuss what the best option is for you.

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 that are bonded to the teeth. These braces allow us to control the teeth more accurately so that we can fine tune their relationship to one another and create that beautiful smile.

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, such as, poor sleep habits, T.M.J. pain, sleep apnea, small lower jaws ( weak chin profile ), and proud upper teeth (buck teeth) that my 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 is focused on identifying problems early to prevent larger problems 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. This 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, however, if orthodontic problems would be 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


A common orthodontic treatment option is braces, though adults may be concerned with the appearance. A more discreet alternative is Simply Clear®, which consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that slowly guide the teeth into place.


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.