Find out if your child could benefit from this two-step process of teeth straightening.
As your child’s teeth start to come in, you may notice that they are a bit crooked, twisted or gapping. In addition to being a cosmetic concern, these kinds of oral issues can affect a child’s ability to speak, chew, or bite. These are issues that our orthodontist, Dr. Josh Goldknopf, wants to avoid at all costs. Read on to learn about the two-phase orthodontic treatment plan available from The Brace Place's Jacksonville Beach office, and how it can benefit your child’s smile as they grow!
What is the two-phase treatment?
Once our orthodontist examines your child’s smile and takes x-rays of their teeth, we can better determine whether they are a likely candidate for two-phase treatment. The purpose of this type of orthodontic therapy is to improve your child’s smile early on to make it a more ideal environment for the permanent teeth to develop in.
What happens during the first phase of treatment?
The goal of this first phase is to both prevent issues from occurring in the first place and to stop issues from getting worse through early discovery and prompt orthodontic treatment. After an x-ray screening is taken of your child’s developing teeth and a thorough physical exam has been performed, our orthodontist can determine which tooth, gum, or jawbone problems could arise if they don’t receive preventive orthodontic treatment. Our dentist will choose the appropriate time to place braces on your child’s teeth to correct common bad bites including overbites, underbites, and open bites.
What happens during the second phase?
Once the first part of the treatment has occurred, our orthodontist will continue to monitor your child’s smile as permanent teeth erupt. The benefit of two-phase treatment is that we can often treat dental problems while your child’s teeth are still developing and growing, which could prevent the need for surgery or more invasive procedures later in life.
When it comes to the second phase of treatment, the goal is to make sure that your teeth/jaws work properly and work together to make chewing, biting, and speaking natural and comfortable.
Interested? Give us a call
Early detection and intervention can be beneficial to many children dealing with misaligned smiles. If you are noticing that your child’s teeth are growing in a crooked fashion, then it’s time to consult with an orthodontist. Call The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, today by dialing (904) 249-0037.