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Early phase treatment versus traditional orthodontic treatment is sometimes a hard choice to make as a parent. Your dentist at Make a Smile can help determine whether an early or traditional approach is best for you and your child. Early detection and treatment of an orthodontic problem can help influence your child’s jaw and mouth growth. Phase 2 orthodontics is often used to straighten teeth; however a second phase of braces is sometimes not needed and treatment time is greatly reduced when a child’s jaw is allowed to develop to its full potential with the use of early, Phase 1 treatment.
Our dentists are trained to detect early signs of orthodontic problems. Early phase intervention may need to be initiated as early as 4 years old, although most children begin between the ages of 7 and 9, and the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children be evaluated no later than 7 years of age or at the first sign of problems.
Taking advantage of early Phase 1 treatment means your child's growth can be monitored and utilized to optimize care. Guiding growth and development can prevent serious problems later on in life, such as creating room for crowded teeth to reduce the need for tooth removal.
Phase 2 treatment is more common and consists of straightforward orthodontics for adolescents and adults with erupted permanent teeth. Traditional orthodontics can be initiated any time after age 12. With the use of braces and other appliances, the permanent teeth are adjusted to a straighter position in the mouth, reducing discomfort and health problems associated with misaligned teeth, as well as creating a lasting cosmetic effect.
Braces have advanced leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, offering patients with a more tailored approach to orthodontics. Please discuss with your orthodontist which treatment is best for your child.
Traditional braces are the most commonly used for children. They are designed with a small bracket that is adhered to the front of the tooth. These brackets can be made of metal, ceramic (clear/white) and gold. The ligatures (or bands) attached to the brackets help to guide the teeth to the proper position.
Retainers are a very important part of your treatment plan. A retainer is often used after you have had braces, aligners or other orthodontic appliances as a way to maintain the progress of the treatment plan. It is important that the patient continue to maintain their retention regimen to optimize a timely recovery.
There are three basic things you should know about retainers:
Invisalign is rapidly growing in popularity. The first design was created by Align and consists of a clear plastic brace with changeable trays or “aligners” that are customized for the patient. This treatment is not recommended for young children, however is regularly used for teenagers and adults with mild orthodontic problems.
Here are a few things to know about appliances: