Dual-Phase Treatment

What is the advantage choosing orthodontic treatment in two phases?

The first stage of treatment is a preventive process that can begin as early as the age of 6. It is an effective way to correct problems, such as over-bites, under-bites, and crowding before the adult teeth come in.

Why should I choose early orthodontic treatment?

The results of putting off treatment in a person with a jaw discrepancy is the possibility of needing corrective jaw surgery or tooth extraction once permanent teeth have completely erupted.

Treatment Phase 1: Creating a healthy foundation

Some children at an early age show signs of jaw problems as they begin to grow and develop. This includes evidence that one of the jaws is not growing enough or growing too much. These jaw discrepancies from the age of 6 or older make these children candidates for early orthodontic treatment. The first stage of treatment is to help the jaws relate to one another, and to develop the jaw size so that it is able to accommodate all of the permanent teeth.

Early planning for a great smile

Children are able to benefit the most from early orthodontic treatment that involves appliances directing the relationship of the jaws because they grow rapidly. Establishing this good foundation to accommodate the permanent teeth has the potential to prevent problems later in life. If permanent teeth are overcrowded or there is an improper jaw alignment, extraction or surgery may be required. In addition, waiting for the permanent teeth to come in without treatment leaves the possibility of such a severe discrepancy that braces are not a suitable option.

The resting phase

A resting period allows the remaining permanent teeth to come to the surface naturally. No devices are required or advised during this time so that teeth are able to move freely once the first phase has created enough space. Neglecting to undergo the first phase as recommended would result in severe displacement and impacted teeth as they erupt.

Treatment Phase 2: Braces or Clear Aligners

The second phase of treatment may require wearing braces or Invisalign Teen® so that each tooth is able to function together as a whole. Once they are in the intended alignment, they have the greatest level of harmony with each other and the rest of the mouth.

Is early orthodontic treatment suitable for all children?

Only certain oral problems require early treatment to have a benefit from an orthodontic program. It is possible to wait until the permanent teeth have come in during the teen years, especially if the recommended treatment plan relies on complete growth. Each child must be evaluated by the dentist to determine the best time for their unique treatment should begin. Anyone that shows signs of future complications, but not ready for treatment will be placed on our supervisory program to keep an eye on their orthodontic development.

Is it possible to prevent the necessity for braces by having early orthodontic treatment?

The purpose of early treatment is to prevent the development of severe problems down the line. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee how permanent teeth will naturally align or that further orthodontic treatment can be avoided. Early treatment does make future treatment less complicated so that alignment corrections take a shorter time to complete if it is required.