Orthodontics & Braces for Children
Early Child Orthodontics
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends an initial visit around age seven, or when the first permanent teeth begin to erupt.
While not every child requires orthodontic treatment at this age, there are certain indicators where treatment would yield tremendous benefits.
Early Treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine. Some of the more common goals of early treatment are crossbite correction (narrow upper jaw), the reduction of a significant overjet (upper front teeth ahead of lower front teeth) and the redirection of extractions in the future. Phase One treatments are typically completed within a year, and after which the child’s growth and tooth development are monitored by the orthodontist.
Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening with physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your child’s life.
Planning now can improve your child’s smile later
Collecting the necessary information to determine your child’s individualized treatment
Monitoring the tooth eruption sequence
At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan was established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase to correct and realign the teeth and jaw. The second phase begins when permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces or Invisalign treatment for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure your child retains his or her beautiful smile.
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