Some orthodontic issues are more easily corrected if found early, which is why the AAO suggests an orthodontist examine kids by the age of seven. Some children may be lucky enough to hold off on treatment until they’re older, but other severe cases require early, two-phase treatment.
What Is Two-Phase Treatment?
The two-phase treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth-straightening with physical, dental, and jaw changes. It maximizes a patient’s opportunity to gain a healthy, functional, and aesthetic result.
The goal of phase one treatment is to help the jaw properly develop in order to accommodate all permanent teeth and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Early signs of jaw problems, such as an upper jaw that’s too narrow or too wide, can be recognized in children as early as six to seven years old.
Phase two usually involves full upper and lower braces, once all permanent teeth have erupted. The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth is in its correct position. Retainers are normally worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.
Does Your Child Need Early Treatment?
There are a few signs parents can look out for that may be cause for early two-phase treatment, including: