The main goal of the first treatment is to allow the normal development of permanent teeth. This often results from jaw growth problems in children who are at high risk of needing jaw surgery later in life. The first part of the treatment is done when the jawbone is very flexible. Once the bones are strong, it is too late to change them through orthodontic procedures and invasive surgery will be required.
Common methods of treatment in phase one include:
- Traditional braces (usually on select teeth)
- Specialized retainers
- Space maintainers
- Functional appliances
- Expansion appliances
The first treatment is designed to prepare your child for better results and the second treatment is easier. In many cases, intervention at this time will not eliminate the need for treatment and support during adolesce
Between the first and second stages of the treatment, your child’s orthodontist will use X-rays and physical examination to monitor the progress of the jaw development and eruption of any remaining permanent teeth. Although this period usually does not require any devices, in some cases your child may be asked to wear a mask to maintain the progress made in the first period, and it is important that you always keep track of all your orthodontist’s instructions. This can save a lot of time and effort during both treatments.
Secondary orthodontic treatment is a procedure that many people are familiar with, where braces are placed on the upper and lower teeth. This will keep all your child’s teeth permanent and give them a beautiful smile. The teeth will also be adjusted for performance and stability with braces and retainers or expanders, if necessary. Missing teeth can be replaced during this stage, and teeth that are out of position or not erupted can be brought back into the dental cavity or removed. For children who complete the second course of treatment, the course will usually begin around age 11 or 12 and last between one and two years.
How Will Two-Phase Treatment Help My Child?
If your child is a candidate for two-phase treatment, he is likely experiencing some uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as pain or tenderness in the face and jaw, difficulty biting and chewing, and difficulty producing certain speech sounds.
Phase one treatment can alleviate these symptoms, as well as reduce the risk of broken or cracked teeth. It also can affect your child emotionally, as early correction of significant dental abnormalities can make him more comfortable and improve self-esteem, especially in cases where speech is affected, or he cannot eat normally along with his peers.
If your child is a candidate for two-phase treatment, he or she is likely to have unpleasant physical symptoms, such as pain or tenderness in the face and jaw, difficulty chewing and biting, and an inability to make certain sounds.
Early treatment can reduce these symptoms and reduce the risk of broken or fractured teeth. It can also affect your child emotionally, because correcting major dental abnormalities in time can make them feel better and improve their self-esteem, especially in cases where speech affects or and they eat common meals with their peers.
Take this opportunity to talk to Dr. April Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio about your next orthodontic treatment. It can be the difference between a teenager who laughs at the time and doesn’t make progress by dropping out of the program.
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