Early Treatment (Phase 1)
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist no later than age 7. Although it is best to wait for all of the permanent teeth to be in before starting orthodontic treatment, there are a few occasions when early treatment is needed. Early intervention can help prevent abnormal wear of teeth, injury to protruding teeth, or jaw disproportions. Underbites, overbites, crossbites, and excessive crowding are also main concerns that have been evaluated during your child’s first visit. Dr. Kochis can make sure your child is treated at the most appropriate age. Phase 1 treatment is utilized to correct problems early, and Phase 2 treatment will follow upon eruption of all permanent teeth.
Full Treatment (Phase 2)
Phase 2 treatment will follow Phase 1 treatments and usually occurs a number of years later when most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted. (Generally age 11-12). The goal of Phase 2 treatment is to achieve optimal alignment and bite of all permanent teeth. Second-phase treatment most often consists of straight-forward orthodontic therapy that will align the teeth. Phase 2 involves full braces, which give maximum control over the movement of teeth. The correction of rotated teeth, and any movement of teeth that involves more than simple tipping movements, are best achieved with braces.