Applied at an early age, Phase 1 Orthodontics can help guide a child’s oral and dental development before their permanent teeth come in so they have the best chance of erupting correctly. Then, after Phase 1, we can use Phase 2 Orthodontics to straighten any issues found in the adult teeth. This two-part approach can drastically cut down on a child’s overall treatment time and help them enjoy an attractive, functional set of teeth starting at an earlier age. But what exactly is Phase 2 Orthodontics? Dr. Kenneth O. Gasper discusses Phase 2 Orthodontics in Colorado Springs and how it could possibly benefit your child.
You’re likely already familiar with the most common treatment used for Phase 2 Orthodontics: braces! Phase 1 Orthodontics relies on removable oral appliances to help the upper and lower jaws develop properly, and then Phase 2 Orthodontics involves applying braces to the permanent teeth to bring them into their ideal positions. The goal is to not only create a beautiful smile, but a functional bite as well that allows a child to eat, speak, and breathe with complete comfort.
Dr. Gasper recommends that every child should undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age seven. At this point in a child’s development, he can determine whether or not they could benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontics. If they would, the treatment will be applied, and it will take about nine to 18 months to complete. Then, Dr. Gasper will examine a child’s mouth again and decide if Phase 2 Orthodontics is necessary (it is in most cases). He’ll then place braces onto the teeth and design a treatment plan to deliver the perfect smile.
Straightening the teeth with braces alone, on average, takes about two to three years in most cases. When paired with Phase 1 Orthodontics, however, the normal treatment time for braces is only about nine to 18 months, but this can vary from patient to patient depending on their unique situation. Because Phase 1 serves to correct problems early and preclude others from developing in the adult teeth, this enables braces to work much faster, saving patients (and their parents!) literally years of time in some cases.
The answer to this question really depends on your child’s age as well as the current alignment of their teeth and bite. Phase 2 Orthodontics can be used to fix all kinds of issues such as teeth crowding, rotated teeth, gapped teeth, and even malocclusions like overbites, underbites, and crossbites. The best way to determine what your child’s smile needs is to just come see us at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design. Here, we can give them a quick exam, go over their treatment options, and answer any questions you might have. From there, it’s only a matter of time before your child has a straight, confident smile to show the world.
To schedule a consultation at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to discuss the future of your child’s smile, contact us today.