Early Orthodontic (Phase 1) treatment in Whitestone, Bayside, and Flushing
Get a Jump Start With Two Phase Treatment – Early Orthodontic treatment in Whitestone, Bayside and Flushing
A proactive approach is always best, so it’s no surprise that orthodontic care works similarly. For some of our young patients, this proactive approach comes in the form of two phase treatment that begins the corrective process earlier rather than waiting as the condition worsens. Two phase treatment can help many children achieve the confident smile they desire.
What is two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Two phase orthodontic treatment takes a more advanced approach to traditional orthodontics in Whitestone. There is a common misconception that orthodontics should only be used to correct adult teeth. Many parents will wait until the baby teeth have fallen out to bring their child to the orthodontist. This approach works for some but in certain cases, orthodontics can be more effective if done at an earlier age. Early treatment gives the orthodontist an opportunity to harness the patient’s natural growth pattern and combine it with braces and/or appliances. This treatment strategy can be used to stop certain habits that influence the child’s dentofacial growth, correct crossbites, preserve critical space for unerupted permanent teeth, and provide room for crowded teeth. Dentofacial orthopedic appliances like palatal expanders may be used to correct any jaw discrepancies early in the development process. This early treatment strategy provides a solid foundation that can reduce the treatment time and complexity of future orthodontic treatment required during adolescence.
When should I bring my child in for an initial orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child undergo an evaluation at age seven to determine if early orthodontic treatment is needed. The alignment of the teeth and development of the jaw will be examined during the initial free consultation and exam. This allows Dr. Eleni Michailidis and Dr. Abraham Chahine to properly evaluate your child’s specific needs for orthodontic treatment.
How does the two phase treatment work?
Two phase treatment begins in the late stages of elementary school. During the first phase, braces and/or appliances are placed on the permanent teeth that have erupted. The first phase typically lasts for one year before a rest period begins. During the rest period a retainer will be used to maintain the new position of the teeth.
If additional treatment is needed, the second phase of treatment will facilitate the desired final results. In this case, a full set of braces are used to make the remaining adjustments. This can be in the form of clear braces, metal braces, or lingual braces. In some cases, Invisalign can also achieve the desired results.
What are the benefits of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
By undergoing orthodontic treatment at an earlier stage, children are able to receive the treatment they need when it best aligns with their development. With two-phase treatment, patients are able to experience a rest period that is otherwise unavailable during traditional treatment. The first phase allows our young patients to enter adolescence with a more attractive smile and the confidence that accompanies it. The entire process presents the healthiest route to treat dental concerns with the best outcome.
Find out if your child could benefit from two phase orthodontic treatment by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Eleni Michailidis or Dr. Abraham Chahine for their initial evaluation. The friendly staff at Avenue Orthodontics is available to answer questions and provide you with the answers you need to make these important decisions for your family.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other orthodontic-related topics, feel free to contact Avenue Orthodontics by clicking here or by calling 516-484-0234 to reach our Roslyn office or 718-767-8400 to reach our Whitestone office.