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Braces for Children



Two-Phase Treatment


braces for kids at Dental Town
Many parents ask us about two-phase orthodontic treatment. Most wonder whether this is a worthwhile and necessary treatment option. There are certain orthodontic conditions that are much easier to correct when children are 7-10 years old.

At this age, mechanics to manipulate skeletal growth are possible, whereas later in life that opportunity is lost. Most kids that go through this early phase of treatment need comprehensive orthodontic treatment once all of the permanent teeth erupt.


What if we wait?

Sometimes waiting is okay, however, there are situations where waiting can cause more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your smile. Early treatment is most effective for achieving lasting results. During your consultation Dr. Crosby will explain the benefits of Phase I treatment, and will be very honest about whether or not it is needed for your child.


Two Phase process


Appliances


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Palatal Expander
Used to expand or widen the jaws

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Forsus
Used to correct overjet and overbite

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Elastics
Used to correct mild malocclusions of all varieties

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Herbst
Used to correct severe overjet

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Nance
Used to maintain space

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Lingual Holding Arch
Used to maintain space

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Halterman
Used to bring 6 year molar back to normal position

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Transpalatal Arch
Used to better control tooth movement and maintain space

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Habit appliance
Used to correct thumb sucking habit