Sometimes patients have severe orthodontic problems in need of being corrected. When caught early, they can usually be fixed without invasive procedures. This is why it is recommended that all children see the orthodontist right around their seventh birthday. At this age, problems can be corrected using jaw growth to our advantage, allowing us to avoid things like tooth extraction and surgery.
Putting off treatment is not a good decision.
Many parents think that it is safe to put off recommended treatment because as their child grows, the problems may correct themselves. With minor orthodontic issues, this is the case, and the orthodontist will not suggest Two-Phase treatment in these cases. Two-Phase treatment is only suggested when it is needed. Benefits of early treatment include:
- Correcting jaw growth
- Regulating the width of the upper and lower arches
- Creating more space for crowded teeth
- Avoiding the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correcting thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
Phase One is the start of treatment.
During this phase of treatment, the doctor focuses on guiding the development of the jaw so that it will be able to accommodate all of the permanent teeth and aligning it so the jaws fit together correctly. This stage of treatment begins around the age of eight and uses braces on the upper and lower teeth. By engaging in this stage of treatment, tooth extraction and surgery should not be needed.
Then comes the resting period.
During this phase of treatment, the remaining permanent teeth will erupt. Chances are good that the child will need to wear a retaining device to make certain the teeth do not shift in a way that inhibits tooth eruption. During this time, progress of the teeth will be closely monitored.
Phase Two is the second part of treatment.
In this phase of treatment, the doctor works to make certain that each tooth is in its ideal final position. In addition to making certain teeth are straight and the jaws align well, the doctor will work to bring the facial features into balance. Braces are used again, usually on both the upper and lower teeth. This stage begins once the permanent teeth have erupted and lasts for about 24 months.
There are signs that early treatment is needed.
However, only a doctor can determine if treatment is needed or not. No matter if you are or are not seeing signs, have your child seen by an orthodontist. Not all problems are easy to see.
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