Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontics – Orthodontics and Your Child

When most people think of orthodontics, they typically think of “braces,” the metal and bracket system used to straighten permanent teeth. But certain orthodontic problems are far easier to correct in the early stages of a child’s growth and development.

Waiting may actually make it harder to treat certain conditions. At Advanced Orthodontic Care, we believe that early orthodontic treatment (in the appropriate situation) can improve your child’s likelihood of achieving a beautiful, well-functioning bite and smile.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist by the age of seven. The purpose of an early visit is to evaluate whether changes in the child’s skeletal patterns are needed. If changes are needed, plans can be made to begin treatment at the ideal time. There are several advantages to early treatment. If detected early, harmful habits can be corrected to avoid further, more extensive treatment. In addition, early treatment provides a variety of options that adolescent or adult treatment may be unable to offer. Dr. Rudman can assess your child’s orthodontic needs and recommend options for treatment.

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment occurs on children between the ages of 7 and 10, when the child still has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth. Phase One treatment usually lasts about 6-18 months, and the primary objective is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve a child’s self-esteem and self-image. Most children will still need full braces even after Phase One treatment.

Phase 2 (full treatment) orthodontics occurs when braces are applied typically around 11-13 years of age, once all of the adult teeth have erupted.

If you are in the downtown Denver or Stapleton, Colorado area, and would like to discuss Phase 1 treatment for your child, please contact Dr. Robert Rudman or any of the orthodontists at Advanced Orthodontic Care for more information.

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