Early: Phase I
The goal of Phase I treatment is to develop the jaws during growth in order to accommodate all of the permanent teeth and guide the growth of the upper and lower jaws.
By intervening early, parents may limit the time their children spend in braces. Phase I treatments often last from six to 15 months, followed by a period of retention. During this time, Dr. Reed monitors growth and development. Often, several years may lapse before patients need a second phase of treatment. Many patients avoid a second phase altogether.
Some examples of early treatment include:
- Expansion of the upper jaw to allow more space for permanent teeth
- Realignment of the upper and lower jaws to permit a natural bite
- Removal of some baby teeth or permanent teeth to gain space
- Construction of appliances to stop damaging habits
- Placement of braces on adult front teeth to remove crowding and gain extra space
Tooth alignment is always an option, as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. Correcting poor alignment and a bad bite not only improves your appearance but also contributes to your overall dental health, often by preventing gum and bone loss, tooth decay, enamel wear, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ) problems.
A series of clear removable slipcovers are used to straighten your teeth without bands, brackets, or wires.
Teen-aged patients can now enjoy the cosmetic benefits of Invisalign® treatment to straighten their teeth.
Very popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal, clear braces are made of translucent ceramic that blends with the tooth’s natural color.
Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. In contrast to braces of the past, today’s metal braces are smaller, lighter and more comfortable.