At Orthodontics of South Miami, we believe in setting up your child for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Using two-phase treatment, our team will guide you and your child on a journey designed to address early signs of dental issues. So, fasten your seatbelts and dive into the benefits of two-phase treatment!
The Journey of Two-Phase Treatment
Two-phase treatment is a specialized orthodontic method that combines tooth straightening and facial structure adjustment. The treatment is split into two distinct phases, each with its own goals and benefits, separated by a resting period.
Who’s Along for the Two-Phase Treatment Journey?
Two-phase treatment is for children who show early signs of orthodontic issues. It’s a proactive approach to fix any problems before they become more challenging to treat down the line.
Orthodontists often recommend that children around the age of seven who show signs of potential jaw issues start this treatment, but the age can vary. Children with crowded front teeth around the age of eight can also benefit significantly from this treatment.
The Directions at Orthodontics of South Miami
At Orthodontics of South Miami, we strive to provide personalized, effective treatment plans for our patients. Our approach to two-phase treatment is no different. When you bring your child in for a consultation, we’ll do a thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine if two-phase treatment is the best option.
If Dr. Ross and Dr. Rothenberg decide to proceed with treatment, we’ll guide you through every step of the process. We use state-of-the-art technology to monitor your child’s progress and make adjustments as necessary. Our goal is to ensure your child’s comfort and satisfaction throughout the treatment.
The Planned Stops Along Your Journey
During your orthodontic journey, you’ll stop at each phase of the two-phase treatment, which is essential in deciding the jaw’s exact movements and growths. Let’s have a look at each phase and what it entails.
First Stop: Phase One
Phase One of two-phase orthodontic treatment begins when a child still has some of their baby teeth. The goal during this phase is to help the jaw develop to make room for all the permanent teeth and improve how the upper and lower jaws fit together. Depending on the patient’s needs, this phase may involve braces or other fixed or removable appliances.
Pit Stop: The Resting Period
The resting period is when the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. It’s best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom to move about. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find their path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.
Final Stop: Phase Two
Phase Two usually begins once most or all permanent teeth are in. From here, the name of the game is to finish out the work put in from Phase One. This final Phase means ensuring each tooth is in the right spot and won’t cause any future issues. Once established, the teeth will work together correctly, creating a healthy bite and a wonderful smile.
The Benefits of Going on the Two-Phase Treatment Journey
Now that we’ve covered the basics of two-phase treatment, let’s delve into the heart of the matter: the benefits. This treatment approach is not just about straightening teeth; it’s about setting the stage for a lifetime of oral health. Here are some of the key benefits:
Confronts Specific Challenges Directly
Two-phase treatment can also tackle specific issues like underbite, crossbite, and abnormal swallowing or speech problems. By adjusting these issues early, we can improve not only the appearance of the smile but also the overall function of the smile.
Hits Potential Issues Early
One of the main advantages of two-phase treatment is its preventative nature. By noticing potential issues early on, it can stop the need for more aggressive treatments in the future.
For instance, if a child’s jaw isn’t growing correctly, early intervention can guide its growth, eliminating the need for jaw surgery later on. Moreover, with two-phase treatment, we can create room for permanent teeth before they erupt, reducing or eliminating the need for extraction.
Builds a Radiant, Healthy Smile
A great smile can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem. Ensuring that each tooth is in its proper place can create a more balanced relationship between the teeth, jaw, and face. This treatment not only leads to a better smile but also secures proper teeth function, leading to better oral health.
Establishes a Solid Base for Permanent Teeth
As children grow, their mouths need to accommodate 32 permanent teeth. The two-phase treatment makes sure there’s enough space for these teeth to erupt properly, reducing the chances of crowding, impaction, or displacement.
Orthodontic Treatment to Last a Lifetime at Orthodontics of South Miami
At Orthodontics of South Miami, we’re committed to guiding you and your child through every step of the orthodontic journey. We aim to ensure you’re comfortable, prepared, and ready for your orthodontic treatment. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ross and Dr. Rothenberg. Your child’s smile is our mission, and we can’t wait to help it shine!