Functional Orthodontics

You’ve probably heard it said, "If there are two doctors in the room, you’ll get at least three opinions." It's no different among orthodontists. That's one of the reasons it is so important to choose carefully when selecting the right doctor to provide treatment for you or your child.

Dr. Shah is passionate about the incredible benefits achievable through functional orthodontics. Other orthodontists routinely recommend tooth extractions and, all too often, surgery to address the functional aspects of the bite, but not at Shah Orthodontics. As a functional orthodontist, his primary concern is addressing the function of the bite.

First, we consider the width of the upper jaw, widening it when indicated. This incredibly important functional correction also paves the way for a broad, beautiful smile.

Second, we consider the position of the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw - and the entire face. Many orthodontists would recommend jaw surgery to address this important element of your smile, but we are able to achieve incredible results without the need for surgery. Not only does this improve smile aesthetics, it can also improve spine health, reduce or eliminate headaches and more. That is because this important step in treatment also addresses the position of the temporomandibular joint.

When the upper jaw is at its optimum width and the lower jaw is positioned correctly, all the pieces are in place for a beautiful, wide smile, a great profile and a lifetime of improved health.

Most orthodontic issues can trace their roots to inadequate growth in the upper jaw resulting in the lower jaw’s inability to grow to its optimal size and position. The good news is that no matter your age, functional orthodontics can improve first the function of your bite and teeth - and then the aesthetics of your smile - without the need for surgery or the extraction of permanent teeth. You can find out more by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Shah.