Early Treatment

Dental problems related to jaw growth get worse, not better, with time. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial examination by an orthodontist at age seven. Because they are growing rapidly, young children benefit enormously from appliances which balance the relationship between the upper and lower jaws, and develop room for erupting permanent teeth.Two phase treatment does not mean you are being treated twice; it means your treatment is divided into two stages, with each stage beginning at the appropriate time.

Early arch development and growth guidance are indicated in cases of:

  • Protruding incisors
  • Deep Bites
  • Severe Crowding
  • Open Bites
  • Bite Problems
  • Underbites
  • Jaw Disharmony
  • Crossbites

Benefits:

  • Less need to remove teeth
  • Less time in full braces
  • Improved self-image
  • Less need for jaw surgery
  • Broader, fuller smile
  • Improved function
  • Improved nasal airway
  • Increased stability

 

The Phases

Two phase treatment separates the entire orthodontic treatment into two time periods, with each period being the best time to correct specific problems.

Age 7-10 years – First Phase

Active Treatment – Treat 12-18 months

Age 10-12 years – Resting Period

Retainers – Rest 12-24 months

Age 12-14 years – Second Phase

Active Treatment – Treat 12-18 months

Phase I

Early intervention consists of jaw modification (orthopedics) lasting 12-18 months in the mixed dentition, when both permanent and baby teeth are present. The first phase is directed more at your child’s muscles and jaws than the teeth, although some concerns regarding tooth positioning may be addressed. The goal of this phase is to create the healthiest environment possible for the eruption of permanent teeth and development of the jaws and face.

Phase II

The second and final phase of active treatment begins at the time the last baby teeth are lost. This tooth alignment (orthodontic) phase typically takes 12-18 months. Final correction of tooth position, space closure, root paralleling and other refinements, which are important to function and stability, are achieved during this stage.

Our Super AWESOME Kids Club is our complimentary service program through which we can monitor your child’s growth and development so they can receive the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time.  To learn more about the Bernstein Orthodontics Kids Club, click HERE!