Comprehensive Treatment

Comprehensive Treatment

What Is Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment?

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment, unlike two-phase orthodontics, is completed in just one stage. Treatments like braces, metal or ceramic, “tooth-colored” braces, Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, are usually considered a comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is just as effective as a two-phase treatment, and often times, patients complete their treatment within 18-24 months.

So, What Are The Differences?

The most notable difference between the two treatment styles is when the treatment begins. Two-phase treatment usually starts during the childhood or pre-teen years, whereas comprehensive orthodontics usually begins during the teenage or even adult years.

There are a few specific reasons why comprehensive orthodontic treatment is the most common of the two:

  1. The teenage years are ideal for having braces. Assuming there was no need to undergo two-phase treatment, the teenage years mark a stage when most, or all, adult teeth have erupted into place.
  2. The body and the jawbones are growing rapidly. As your trusted Barrington, Bristol and Portsmouth, RI orthodontist, Dr. Jaffe knows how to work with natural bone growth and changes to align teeth, create a healthy bite and produce the best orthodontic results.
  3. Social aspect of wearing braces. Let’s not forget that being a teenager has a very unique set of stressors and peer pressure. However, this time in life, many kids are wearing braces, so it’s almost viewed as normal to have them. Wearing braces during this time won’t alienate a teen or make them feel different, in fact, they are in the same position as many of their friends, making it a perfect bonding point with friends. There isn’t the need to feel self-conscious or socially awkward. They can share advice and experiences about having braces together!

So What Is Best: Two Phase Or Conventional Treatment?

Now that we’ve explored some of the main differences that distinguish two-phase orthodontics from conventional, comprehensive orthodontic treatment, what is the best course of action? Dr. Jaffe and the team will properly evaluate your unique situation and detail out what works best. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven, so Dr. Jaffe is able to provide expert guidance on which route to take following this evaluation. Since orthodontic problems can present themselves around this age, Dr. Jaffe can provide preventative treatment options and discuss the options if any problems should be present.

What About Adult Orthodontics? Where Does That Fit In?

There have been tremendous advances in orthodontic technology in recent years. Treatments are faster, less painful and extremely versatile. Adults can still achieve amazing results with orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign, but it is always more advantageous to undergo treatment during teenage years.

Contact Your Barrington, Bristol & Portsmouth, RI Orthodontist Today

If you are a parent of a teen or an adult considering orthodontic treatment for yourself, contact Dr. Jaffe’s office today. Our staff will be able to help answer any questions or even schedule your first appointment. It’s our mission to create healthy, beautiful smiles for life.

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