Orthodontics & Functional Orthopedics
Though both are considered Orthodontics, Orthopedics is usually initiated earlier in an effort to assure more favorable facial growth and jaw structure. Well timed functional therapy can have an astounding influence on your child's development, often discouraging mouth breathing, poor sleep habits, and a slow physical growth pattern. Functional orthopedics is usually therapy of short duration that may involve removable appliances and often makes more extensive therapy (braces) unnecessary.
Functional Orthopedics are a great way to help younger patients avoid many conditions, such as poor sleep habits, T.M.J. pain, sleep apnea, small lower jaws (weak chin profile), and proud upper teeth (buck teeth).
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.