If your child has a severe problem with the alignment of their bite, it’s ideal to start treatment right away and not wait until they lose all their baby teeth. The team at My Orthodontist specializes in a two-phase orthodontic treatment that intercepts problems before they develop and helps your child's teeth grow in correctly. Call one of the offices in Deptford Township, Lawrenceville, Medford, Bayonne, West New York, West Orange, Cherry Hill, Paterson, New Jersey, and Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Or you can use the online scheduler to book an appointment today.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized set of treatments for children with bite issues that combines teeth straightening with bite and jaw alignment corrections. Treatment may involve the use of braces and other orthodontic appliances.
The first phase takes place when your child still has their “baby” or primary teeth, and the second phase happens when they have most or all of their permanent teeth.
The purpose of a two-step treatment is to optimize your child’s chances of developing healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing teeth that don’t require more invasive procedures later in life. This treatment is most effective and has the longest-lasting results when initiated early.
Using the two-phase orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist at My Orthodontist aims to establish a correctly working relationship between your child’s teeth and jaws. They also work to ensure correct alignment and positioning of the teeth and jaw so that your child looks their best and has a beautiful smile.
If your child exhibits early signs of jaw problems like an overbite or a narrow jaw, your specialist at My Orthodontist starts treatment right away instead of waiting for them to grow and develop their permanent teeth.
Through early-phase treatment, you can avoid the need for extractions or surgeries to realign your child’s jaw later on. Early orthodontic records also allow the team to plan when treatments need to start, what types of dental appliances your child may require, and how often they need to visit the clinic. These records include digital photographs, digital X-rays, and imprint models of your teeth.
After the initial treatments, your child takes a period of rest. During this phase, your child’s permanent teeth are allowed to erupt naturally. If the first phase of treatment was successful, there is enough room for the new teeth to erupt without being impacted or displaced. Your orthodontist closely monitors the growth and development of your child’s teeth during this stage.
The second phase of treatment usually involves braces on the top and bottom teeth. Braces ensure that each tooth is in its exact location to maximize a healthy bite, functionality, and aesthetics. Most patients in phase two of the treatment require braces for an average of 24 months after which your specialist may switch them to a retainer.
To learn more about two-phase treatment for your child, call the nearest office, or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation at My Orthodontist.