Some of our orthodontic patients require two phases of orthodontic treatment to achieve the best possible results. The first (growth phase) works with the patient’s growth to address specific problems that are best treated before all permanent teeth are erupted. The second (alignment phase) is designed to correct tooth rotations, spacing and bite problems which can create long-term problems in young mouths and can even result in periodontal problems later in life if not treated. Orthodontists can address these problems with braces or Invisalign to straighten and properly align teeth.
The alignment phase of treatment begins after all or most of the permanent teeth have erupted. Depending on the severity of the case, treatment times during this phase can be anywhere from 12 to 30 months. Throughout treatment, patients should schedule regular visits to our office every 6 to 8 weeks to have their appliances adjusted. The goals of this phase are to align the newly erupted teeth and to achieve total bite correction. The end result is a straight, healthy smile!
Along with traditional braces, Invisalign is an exciting, invisible solution available to some patients. These clear, removable aligners are designed to gently move teeth to the desired final position prescribed by the doctor. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit the patient’s mouth at each stage of their treatment plan. Because the aligners are clear, they are virtually undetectable. This makes Invisalign an attractive option for adults and many teens.
The final phase of orthodontic treatment is the placement of retainers. Upper and lower retainers will maintain the proper alignment of teeth. Consistent wear of retainers will ensure that the results achieved during treatment are maintained for the long term. Our doctors recommend lifetime wear of retainers to prevent teeth from shifting.