While most children will need to wear braces at some point, the idea of orthodontic phases is new to some parents, as they only wore one set of braces. Also surprising is that the American Association of Orthodontics(AAO) recommends that children have an orthodontic checkup by age seven. Thus, given the evolution of orthodontic treatment, Dental Products Reports explains that there are two sides to every story when it comes to two-phase orthodontics, and for the record—not every child will require two sets of braces.
Dentists and Orthodontists alike are quick to point out that early assessment at age 7 is more about identifying complicated cases or those that will benefit from early intervention. Therefore, if a dentist suggests that it’s time for your child to visit an orthodontist, don’t worry. Moreover, if it’s time for your child to begin orthodontic treatment, and you are told that it might take two phases, avoid jumping to conclusions. Rather, ask the orthodontist specific questions to help you gain an understanding of the goals of both treatment phases.
Generally speaking, phase 1 treatment focuses on correcting existing or developing skeletal formations before all of a patient’s permanent teeth erupt. More specifically, it aims to realign the jaw in order to accommodate teeth and prepare them for more efficient treatment in the future. Phase 2 treatment concentrates on the final alignment of teeth.
Even so, two-phase orthodontics is not necessary for every patient. What’s more is that there is no evidence to support that results are better for those that undergo two treatment phases. It all comes down to treatment goals, and with more defined regimens to accomplish those goals, treatment might be better when administered in phases.
Because one’s oral health and orthodontic needs go hand-in-hand, it is important to have a dentist that you can trust when it comes to straightening your smile. At Grateful Dental, Dr. Leia Porcaro not only provides short-term braces for children, teens and adults, she is adept at identifying when early treatment is needed and necessary. Thus, if you have questions regarding orthodontics for your child, contact the team at Grateful Dental in Marietta today.