Early phase treatment
The advantages of early phase treatment:
This extremely specialized orthodontic treatment works to completely straighten teeth as well as make physical facial changes. This specialized treatment involves adjusting jaw formation as well as adjusting teeth. The results of early phase treatment will remain permanent.
Getting treatment later:
It is not advised to wait to receive orthodontic treatment because as soon as permanent teeth and your jaw have set it can be much more difficult to adjust the results. This is when early phase treatment is required. This is the best way to ensure that the results of your orthodontic treatment will remain permanent.
The first phase:
The first phase will adjust the jaw size so that you can easily accommodate all of your permanent teeth. Surgery may be needed in order to make these adjustments but there are also appliances that can help children to grow and form healthy jaw structures for tooth development. If children beyond the age of six are found to have discrepancies in their jaw formation they will be the perfect candidates for the first phase of early treatment.
After the first phase:
As children continuously grow and develop taking advantage of the first early phase of treatment will help to establish a good formation for tooth development. This means that children will have enough room for all of their permanent teeth to come in which can prevent removal of teeth as well as conditions such as overcrowding. Overcrowding solutions may require surgical treatment options later on if there is a jaw discrepancy.
From the first early phase of treatment an orthodontic record will be created for a patient so that the orthodontist can create a unique treatment plan for their condition. Records will contain data such as photographs and x-rays.
Resting between phases:
After jaw formation has been taken care of there is generally a resting phase in early phase treatment. If there are any issues such as impacting of the teeth or crowding it is very important to visit your orthodontist in the resting phase.
After the first phase of early treatment a patient will not have completed their full treatment. Monitoring teeth is very important and correcting any issues will be accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Depending on how long it takes for permanent teeth to come in baby teeth removal may be required to speed up the process and make room for second phase treatment. Appointments will be necessary to check up on the progress of forming teeth these are usually scheduled every six months.
The Second Phase Of Early Treatment:
During the second phase your orthodontist will come up with a strategy to position each tooth in a symmetrical order to ensure the health and function of teeth. This phase of treatment may require orthodontic appliances and a strategy that will be outlined to ring the ongoing treatment phase and resting phase.
Movement in the teeth:
Orthodontic records will outline the treatment plan that will be required since the first early phase of treatment. These goals will be reassessed after permanent teeth have fully erupted. Generally this second phase of treatment uses braces in order to reposition teeth over a period of around 24 months. Retainers will be needed afterwards in order to make sure that a smile can maintain its shape.
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