Even before your child has all of their permanent teeth, you might notice problems that will likely require orthodontic treatment. Depending on what kind of issues are going on in your child’s mouth, your Portsmouth RI orthodontics office might tell you that your child needs two-phase orthodontic treatment.
Parents, don’t panic! This two-phase treatment is a lot less painless than you might think. Here at Jaffe Orthodontics in Portsmouth, RI, we have seen tremendous results from using the two-phase orthodontic treatment method with children. And this is what you need to know about it and its uses.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is not necessary for every patient. Most orthodontic issues in children can be treated with just one phase. However, more complex issues will require more intensive treatment, which is when two-phase orthodontic treatment becomes suggested by your friendly orthodontist.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment assists the jaw in developing to create enough room for permanent teeth, particularly the permanent canines. It can lessen the need to remove permanent teeth sometime in the future, and there might be instances in which orthodontic surgery might be required should treatment continue after growth stops.
Also, this treatment can normalize the alignment of the teeth along the upper and lower jaws, which is helpful for an underbite. Abnormal swallowing or sucking can be deterred with this treatment, and it can even lessen the angle to which upper front teeth stick out.
Phase One typically starts when a child still has some of their baby teeth left. This could be some type of fixed appliance including braces and some kids might need to get their baby teeth removed to clear the way for the movement of permanent teeth into place.
Once Phase One is over, there is a resting period. This allows for any incoming permanent teeth to settle into place. Once this is over, Phase Two can begin.
Phase Two begins once almost all of the permanent teeth have come in. The goal of this second phase is to ensure that the teeth are in their proper places, that there are no bite issues, and that the overall appearance looks good. Any issues that are still lingering get addressed in this phase.
Here at Jaffe Orthodontics in Portsmouth, RI, we know the value of giving your child a healthy and beautiful smile. Two-phase orthodontic treatment might be necessary, and don’t forget that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends you get your child in for a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age 7. Our goal is to monitor and assist your child’s oral development. Please reach out at your convenience to schedule the initial consultation with us.
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