What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Dental problems related to jaw growth get worse, not better, with time. For this reason, the American and Canadian Associations of Orthodontists recommend initial examination by an orthodontist at age 7. Because they are growing rapidly, young children can benefit enormously from appliances which balance the relationship between the upper and lower jaws and develop room for erupting permanent teeth.
Early arch development and growth guidance are indicated in cases of:
- Protruding Incisors
- Severe Crowding
- Open Bite
- Bite Problems
- Jaw Disharmony
Early intervention consists of jaw modification (orthopedics) when both permanent and baby teeth are present. The first phase is directed more at your child's muscles and jaws than the teeth, although some concerns regarding tooth positioning may be addressed. The goal of this phase is to create the healthiest environment possible for the eruption of permanent teeth. The first phase of treatment may not prevent the need for phase two.
The second and final phase of active treatment begins at the time the last baby teeth are lost. Final correction of tooth position, space closure, root paralleling and other refinements, which are important to function and stability, are achieved during this stage. There will be a second fee presented when the second phase of treatment begins.
Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment
- Reduce the need to remove teeth
- Reduced risk of tooth damage
- Less time in full braces
- Improved self-image
- Reduce the need for jaw surgery
- Improved function