Comprehensive orthodontic treatment, also known as Phase 2 orthodontics or two-phase orthodontic treatment, is typically done between the ages of 11 and 14 when most all of the adult teeth have emerged. Two phases means exactly that, the treatment is done at two different times.
Some of the common reasons orthodontic treatment is needed are to:
Guide developing jaws to ensure enough space for all of the permanent teeth, especially the permanent canines.
Avoid pulling permanent teeth in the future.
Provide a less intrusive treatment that could otherwise require corrective surgery after growth ends.
Align the upper jaw to the lower jaw
Intervene in harmful oral habits
Change the shape of the bone that supports the teeth.
Protect protruded front teeth from trauma risk
The goal of two-phase orthodontics is to ensure proper placement of the teeth for optimal function, a healthy bite and a pleasing aesthetic. The American Association of Orthodontists’ (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist for their first check-up no later than age 7. Your orthodontist is able to monitor your child’s growth and development to determine the best treatment plan, if necessary, and the appropriate time to begin therapy.
Upon an early evaluation, some children may require Phase One orthodontic treatment. Depending on your child’s specific problem, baby teeth may need to be removed to clear a path for the permanent teeth to emerge. When early orthodontic treatment is required, a resting period will follow before Phase 2 of orthodontic treatment begins.
If your child is 7 years of age and has not visited the orthodontist, call Dr. JB White’s office to schedule your appointment today (702) 823-3000.