Phase I orthodontic treatment is done on children before all of their permanent teeth erupt, and often occurs between the ages of 7-10. During Phase I treatment we focus on allowing room for permanent teeth and preventing future problems. Phase I treatment time varies between 12 – 18 months. After treatment is complete, the child is given retainers which are checked every four to six months, so we can monitor the progress of eruption of permanent teeth.
Phase II orthodontic treatment is what many know as traditional orthodontic treatment when braces are placed on the upper and/or lower teeth. Typically, Phase II begins between the ages of 11-13 (however, there is no age limit). As always, each case is different, depending on the individual. During treatment, we can correct spaces, straighten misaligned teeth, and correct overbites and underbite concerns. Phase II treatment time averages between 12 -20 months and varies from patient to patient. Once treatment is completed, we provide retainer options to ensure your teeth don’t shift.
Each treatment plan is specific for that child and his/her specific problem as well as his/her growth and development. Children mature at different stages and interceptive treatment is indicated to prevent a more severe problem from occurring.
When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic screening for children by the age of 7 for early orthodontic treatment. By the age of 7, the teeth and jaw are developed enough to allow the orthodontist to look for any bit issues that can be problematic in the future. You can learn more here.
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