Dividing orthodontic treatment into two phases offers important smile benefits for some children. Here at the Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, offices of your orthodontist, Dr. Josh Goldknopf, we can help you evaluate orthodontic options and decide on an approach that's right for your child.
What happens during two-phased treatment?
The first phase of treatment involves wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, depending on the orthodontic issues. Your child's teeth won't be in their final positions after this stage, but improvements will be made that set the stage for the second phase.
A resting phase between the two phases will allow time for all the permanent teeth to erupt. During this phase, your child's orthodontist may recommend removing a few baby teeth in order to allow plenty of room for permanent teeth.
During the second phase of orthodontic treatment, your child wears braces and other orthodontic appliances to improve the alignment of their teeth. Second-phase treatment is aimed at ensuring optimal function, appearance, and bite.
When is the two-phase treatment needed?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an initial orthodontic checkup no later than age 7, long before all of the permanent teeth are present. During this evaluation at either our Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra office, your child's orthodontist makes sure that your son or daughter's jaw is developing normally and will be large enough to accommodate all of their permanent teeth.
Bite problems, a narrow palate, or spacing issues can also be identified. Your child's orthodontist may also notice problems that might not seem to be connected to the teeth or jaw at first glance, such as mouth breathing or speaking difficulties. It's much easier to correct these issues when your child's jaw is still developing.
Not all children require two-phase treatment, but it may be recommended if your child has any of these issues. Beginning the first part of treatment at this point improves the success of orthodontic treatment, helps your child avoid jaw surgery in the future, and ensures that there will be plenty of room in the jaw for permanent teeth.
Enhance your smile with orthodontic treatment. Call your orthodontist in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, Dr. Goldknopf, at (904) 249-0037 to schedule an appointment.