Our 2-step orthodontic approach for kids
If your child does need treatment it will usually occur over two phases.
The first phase of active orthodontic treatment lasts approximately six to fifteen months and occurs when permanent and baby teeth are present. The corrections made in the first phase are retained with fixed space maintainers, Hawley bite plates or other removable retainers.
At this point, our young patients are then placed in our growth evaluation program. This is included in the Phase 1 fee which comprises quarterly office visits along with periodic panoramic x-rays and photographs.
Phase two, or comprehensive treatment, is started once all the permanent teeth are in place. A second phase is generally needed in 75% of the patients to finalize all the tooth positions and the bite.
Although the two-phase treatment program does appear to be more involved, in reality, it is a much more effective way to treat the problems that are present at an early age. By expanding the jaws you eliminate airway problems, eliminate the need for extractions of permanent teeth and potential jaw surgery. Additionally, this can actually shorten the time your child needs to wear braces.
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