Many parents often wonder why some kids have braces only once, while other children have braces put on, taken off, and then put on again later. This is because there are two different ways of performing orthodontic treatment. Understanding both will help you determine which path is best for your child.
Conventional Orthodontic Treatment
Most children benefit from traditional orthodontic treatment. This path is started when all of the permanent teeth have erupted in the mouth, usually between the ages of 10-13. Conventional orthodontic treatment includes putting braces on all of the teeth and having treatment for 12-30 months, depending on the alignment needs.
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Children who have specific or more severe orthodontic problems are usually identified at an early age. Dentists are generally the first to notice issues because children typically visit the dentist routinely starting when they are young. Two-phase orthodontic treatment may be recommended for children who have (or had) a thumb sucking habit, have severe crowding of the teeth, have a severe underbite or overbite, who have a “small mouth,” or who have upper or lower jaw growth disharmony.
Two-phase treatment is performed in two separate phases. The first phase usually begins around age 8 and lasts for 12 months. This treatment phase typically consists of braces on the 4-6 top teeth and a palate expander. Once this phase is complete, the braces are removed, the patient receives a retainer, and the patient goes on a “braces break.” Once all of the permanent teeth erupt inside the mouth, a second full set of braces is put on to align the teeth. The second phase usually lasts 12-24 months.
At Broad Street Braces, we believe that ideal orthodontic treatment includes fantastic results and an efficient, precise path to those results. We understand that two-phase orthodontics treatment is right for some kids, but it’s not for all kids. Our practice is committed to achieving excellent results in the best way for your child.