WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF EARLY TREATMENT?
Create space in your child’s mouth for adult teeth to grow Correct bite issues, medically known as having malocclusion Guide permanent teeth into proper placement Prevent extraction of permanent teeth or oral surgery Reduce the amount of time in Phase II treatment (if necessary) Achieve facial symmetry Prevent tooth decay Improve your child’s self-esteem
Until recently, orthodontists would not treat patients until they had all of their permanent teeth. This meant that they waited until the jaw stopped growing and treatment did not begin until the teenage years. By then, issues became harder to fix, often leaving orthodontists no choice but to pull out permanent teeth to make more room. Teens also had to wear braces for a longer period of time in order to get results. Today’s braces achieve amazing results that far surpass those of years ago.
PHASE 1 CANDIDATES, TEND TO HAVE... Severe crowding, a narrow jaw, certain bite issues(overbite, under bite, cross bite, open bite, deep bite) or harmful habits like thumb sucking or tongue pushing.
Phase I usually lasts anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on the child. In between Phase I and II treatment, there is usually a resting period. Retaining devices are not usually recommended since they may interfere with eruption. As a result of successful Phase I treatment, the remaining permanent teeth now have adequate room to come in on their own. After Phase I, your orthodontist will continue to keep a close eye on your child’s development, and determine what type of treatment, if any, comes next.
"Braces work by exerting continuous, light pressure on the teeth, which in turn, actually changes the shape of the bone. The goal of Phase II treatment is to move teeth into their ideal, permanent position." -Dr.Saurav Chaturvedi
Traditional Metal Braces Still the most common type of braces for children to treat malocclusion's (bad bites), metal braces are typically worn for 18-30 months, although your child’s individual case may require more or less time. Metal braces produce excellent results and are a budget-friendly option. With metal braces, the orthodontist places a metal bracket on each tooth, connected by a metal wire. Today, kids can choose the color of their elastic band, and change it out at each visit, usually every four to six weeks. Kids love having control over this, selecting bands to represent colors of holidays, team sports, and to show school spirit. Ceramic Clear Braces Ceramic braces work like metal braces and achieve similar results. For the child who does not want to bring attention to his braces, this is a good option. Instead of metal, the orthodontist places a ceramic bracket on each tooth, connected together by metal wires. Since ceramic braces are light in color, they blend in with the patient’s teeth.
SO, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS READY FOR PHASE I TREATMENT?
Come in today, the consultation is free. We have a team of experts ready to evaluate your child and come up with the best treatment plan to fit your needs and budget. Let us help your child achieve their most beautiful smile!