• Pediatric Treatment

  • Phase I

     

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by age 7 to determine whether orthodontic treatment is required and when exactly treatment should begin. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, provide adequate space for permanent teeth, limit the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

    Phase II

    Generally, orthodontic treatment requires two stages. Most patients will benefit from an active corrective stage followed by a retention stage. Some patients will benefit from two active treatment stages, often referred to as two-phase treatment. One major advantage of two-phase treatment is the maximization of functional and aesthetic stability. You should discuss the goals of each stage with us so that you have realistic expectations.

    Second Phase Treatment: Stabilizing Teeth in Harmony to Oral Structures 

     

    The goal of second phase treatment is to stabilize each tooth at the exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. Once this equilibrium is established, the teeth can function together properly.