Early Orthodontic Intervention
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatments
A two-phase treatment refers to a multi-step orthodontic procedure that is started at an early age and completed once your child’s permanent teeth have grown in. This type of treatment is often required for children who have serious orthodontic problems, like malocclusion, impacted teeth, extreme crowding, or major bite issues. Early orthodontic treatment allows Dr. Patel to adjust your child’s bite and jaw structure before their permanent teeth grow in and minimizes the need for surgical intervention.
Correcting Jaw And Bone Structure
The first phase of treatment usually begins between ages 7-11, and it focuses on issues related to the jaw and underlying bone. If your child has excessively crowded teeth due to a small jaw, for example, a palate expander may be used to help encourage growth. Correcting these issues early encourages the proper growth and development of your child’s mouth, and gives permanent teeth enough room to grow in. Once any issues have been addressed, your child will wait through a “resting period” while their remaining permanent teeth erupt.
Once all of your child’s permanent teeth are in place, which typically occurs between the ages of 11-13, the second phase will begin. Usually this involves the use of a full set of braces. Braces are used to move adult teeth into proper position and ensure perfect dental alignment. Your child will likely need to wear braces for approximately 18-24 months to ensure the correct positioning of their teeth and wear a retainer after treatment to keep their smile straight and healthy.