Early orthodontic treatment is intended to correct existing or developing problems, such as skeletal, dentoalveolar or muscular imbalances. Early treatment often reduces or eliminates the need for tooth extraction or corrective jaw surgery in the future and may also reduce your child’s need for additional orthodontic treatment to align their teeth and smile.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a treatment plan involving two treatment stages. Early treatment, also known as Phase One treatment, is performed when a child has primary and adult teeth. Phase One treatment is designed to help your child’s jaw develop properly to accommodate their teeth and maintain a proper bite so that they can avoid more serious orthodontic problems in the future. Phase One treatment may include a palatal expander or other orthodontic appliances.
The two phases of treatment are separated by a “resting period” where your child’s mouth, teeth and jaw will be left to develop on their own. We will monitor your child during this rest period to ensure they are developing correctly.
Phase Two treatment is typically provided during adolescence and is when your child will receive braces or other orthodontic treatment to fully align their teeth and jaws. Following Phase Two treatment, our orthodontists will provide your child with a retainer to help keep their teeth aligned.
We provide free orthodontic checkups for children beginning at age 7! These initial exams help our orthodontists determine if your child needs early treatment and which type of treatment is right for their needs. We invite you to call our team today to schedule a consultation!