Early Orthodontics (Two Phase) Treatment
Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge: a much better chance for natural and normal development. By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Early treatment should be initiated for:
- Habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking
- A constricted airway due to swollen adenoids or tonsils
- Mouth breathing or snoring problems
- Bone problems (i.e. narrow or underdeveloped jaws)
- Space maintenance (for missing teeth)
Phase One – Functional (Growth) Appliances and/or Limited Braces – Ages 7 to 12
In the first phase, the doctor is interested in the position and symmetry of the jaws, future growth, spacing of the teeth, breathing and other oral habits which may, over a period of time, result in abnormal dentofacial development.
Treatment initiated in this phase of development is often very successful and sometimes, though not always, can eliminate the need for future orthodontic treatment.
Phase Two – Braces – Ages 11 to 13
In the second phase, the doctor will be looking at how your child’s teeth and jaws fit, and more specifically work, together. Your child’s teeth will be straightened and their occlusion (bite) is properly aligned. Attention will be given to the jaw joint (TMJ), the facial profile and periodontal (gum) tissues. By undergoing the first phase, we can usually reduce the amount of time needed for braces.