Two-phase orthodontic treatment, any advantage?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to a specialized procedure that deals with both physical, facial changes and straightening. Two-phase treatment is used to maximize the opportunity to achieve the ideal healthy, aesthetic and functional results that last throughout the life of your child.
What if treatment is put off?
When treatment is put off, it can result in your child requiring more invasive treatment in the future and there is no guarantee that it will deliver the desired result. For the best result treatment should commence early.
A Foundation for a Lifetime of Healthy, Beautiful Smiles
What phase one treatment does is that it aids the development of the jaw so it can accommodate the permanent teeth and improve the fitting of the lower and upper jaws. Most children show signs of jaw problems as they advance in age. If the upper jaw is growing at a rapid rate or too narrow, it can be detected at a tender age. If this discrepancy is found in children older than six years, they should undergo early orthodontic treatment. Also, for children over six years of age who have crowded teeth, treating the condition early can help prevent future tooth extraction.
- Planning now can give your child a healthy smile for life
Children gain a lot from undergoing early-phase treatment. Early treatment may prevent a future tooth extraction or the need for jaw alignment surgeries.
- Determining the unique treatment of your child using records
Orthodontic records will help in identifying the right appliances to use, the frequency of visits, and the treatment duration. Records comprise of models of photographs, X-rays, and the teeth. Your doctor will take all necessary records before deciding if early treatment is required.
This is the phase where the remaining permanent teeth are left alone and allowed to emerge. If retaining devices will interfere with the eruption, they may not be recommended. It is important to let the existing permanent teeth move freely. A good first phase would make it easier for permanent teeth to erupt. Otherwise, severe displacement or impaction may occur.
- Monitoring the progress of the teeth
After the treatment phase, teeth are yet to move to their final positions. This will be assessed and done in the second phase of treatment. Selectively removing some primary teeth may help to enhance eruption during the resting phase. Therefore, it is necessary to go for periodic recall appointments for things to be observed, usually every six months.
Stay healthy and be attractive
The aim of the second phase is to ensure that there is a specific location for each tooth in the mouth where it is in harmony with the tongue, cheeks, lips, as well as other teeth. With this harmony in place, the teeth will be able to perform optimally. Full lower and upper braces are usually involved in phase two.
Orthodontic records were taken and a diagnosis and treatment plan was put in place. The jaw and teeth were realigned using some specific types of appliances. Once all permanent teeth have erupted, the second phase commences, and braces are usually required on all the teeth for about 24 months. After this phase retainers were worn, as they ensure that the child maintains his or her attractive smile.