The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to correct existing or developing problems, such as skeletal, dentoalveolar or muscular imbalances. This helps reduce the need for tooth extraction and corrective jaw surgery in the future and often reduces or eliminates the need for additional orthodontic treatments in the future.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a type of treatment plan consisting of two treatment stages separated by a resting period. Early treatment, or Phase One treatment, is performed when a child has primary and adult teeth and is recommended to help the jaw develop properly so that your child’s mouth can accommodate all their permanent teeth and maintain a proper bite. Depending on your child’s needs, Phase One treatment may include a palatal expander or other orthodontic appliances. By paying carful attention to your child’s mouth during this stage of treatment we can prevent many future problems.
After Phase One treatment, your child will have a “resting period” where the teeth will be left to develop on their own. Our orthodontist will monitor your child’s teeth and oral growth during this time to ensure that they are developing properly.
Phase Two treatment is typically when your child will receive braces or other orthodontic treatment to fully align their teeth and ensure that their teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue are in harmony. A retainer will be provided upon the completion of Phase Two treatment to help keep your child’s teeth properly aligned.
A palatal expander is an orthodontic appliance used to widen the upper jaw and help the upper and lower teeth fit together correctly. Palatal expanders work by gradually stretching the soft cartilage of the palate to make room for crowded permanent teeth so that your child will not need a tooth extraction. This allows your child’s teeth to erupt and align properly and helps minimize the adjustments needed to ensure your child’s bite is correct.