Early Orthodontic Treatment: Phase I
There are actually many different orthodontic treatments that patients can choose from.
In children, Phase I usually consists of developing the jaws during growth in order to accommodate all of the permanent teeth. Phase I also aims to guide the growth of the upper and lower jaws through teeth alignment. 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 orthodontic treatment, with many patients avoiding a second phase altogether.
Some examples of early orthodontic 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
- Judicious Removal of some baby 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
Adult Orthodontic Treatments
Tooth alignment is always an option, as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. Correcting poor alignment and a bad bite with dental braces, Invisalign, expanders, and habit appliances not only improves one’s appearance but also contributes to good overall dental health, often by preventing gum and bone loss, tooth decay, enamel wear, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ) problems.
Invisalign orthodontic treatment includes a series of clear, removable plastic slipcovers that are used to straighten your teeth without bands, brackets, or wires. Teenage patients can now also enjoy the cosmetic benefits of Invisalign® Teen treatment to straighten their teeth.
A very popular options for adult braces due to their cosmetic appeal, they 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 orthodontic treatment option. In contrast to traditional braces of the past, today’s metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable.