Orthodontics in Barrie, Ontario

Though both are considered to be at the core of dentistry, Orthodontics & Orthopedics are somewhat different. Orthopedics is usually initiated earlier in an effort to assure more favorable facial growth and jaw structure. It is known that only 18-20% of malocclusion in children is genetic. This implies that the remaining 80% of poor bites arise due to environmental factors i.e., poor tongue position, mouth breathing, allergies, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids.  As these influences act upon the developing lower face almost from birth it is important to try to and counteract these negative influences early and allow for more normal development. In doing so, you can save yourself the time, effort and expense of correcting these later on in life.


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, 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 may lead to poor self-image.


Orthodontics, more classically involves the use 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.

Invisible Braces

Is it possible to achieve a straight healthy smile without metal braces? Thanks to advanced dental technology, it is possible. Ferguson Family Dental is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign, a modern and comfortable way to correct your smile. This treatment works by using a series of clear plastic aligners to position your teeth into optimal position. Unlike metal braces, these aligners are practically invisible. Now you can straighten your smile without anyone noticing you’re receiving orthodontic treatment. The aligners are customized to your mouth’s unique contours so are comfortable to wear.

They are also fully removable and must be removed prior to meals, brushing and flossing, allowing for ultimate convenience. Now you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces or struggling with brushing or flossing. Invisalign braces can be removed for eating and daily cleaning, so you won’t have the visit the dentist for adjustments or maintenance. They cannot be seen easily, so you will feel confident to smile knowing most people will not even notice them. This is, of course, in contrast to metal braces which need to be bonded to your teeth, are plainly visible and place limitations on your diet. With Invisalign you will have far fewer limitations, though they do require you wear them most of the day to be efficient.

They are so convenient that you will quickly get used to them, and will see their progress with each new set. While clear aligners are a great solution, they are not ideal for all patients. If that is the case and traditional braces are recommended for the best outcome, we can meet your needs. Our team is trained in a variety of orthodontic treatments including early intervention appliances to address malalignment in children.

For more information and to see if orthodontic care is right for you, contact us today to reserve a one on one consultation.


At Ferguson Family Dental, we strive to offer you the best quality of dentistry available, and as such we believe in continuing education. We employ modern materials and the best-recognized techniques in the field of dentistry.


Call or visit us today in our Barrie office to book your appointment at Ferguson Family Dental!