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.
How do you know if your child needs braces?
Two Phase process
Orthodontics is started when kids are 7-10 years old. Appliances may be used to broaden the arches, as well as partial braces placed. This treatment lasts anywhere from 6-18 months.
This is after the braces come off. Your child will receive retainers to maintain the results achieved in Phase I.
Upon the eruption of all permanent teeth (ages 12-13), braces are placed on all teeth for a comprehensive treatment. This phase of treatment typically lasts 12-24 months.
After braces are removed, retainers are given to the patient to maintain all results.
Palatal Expander Used to expand or widen the jaws
Forsus Used to correct overjet and overbite
Elastics Used to correct mild malocclusions of all varieties
Herbst Used to correct severe overjet
Nance Used to maintain space
Lingual Holding Arch Used to maintain space
Halterman Used to bring 6 year molar back to normal position
Transpalatal Arch Used to better control tooth movement and maintain space
Habit appliance Used to correct thumb sucking habit