There are two critical phases of orthodontic treatment needed to achieve the best possible results. The early treatment phase works with the patient’s growth, while the alignment phase corrects rotation, spacing, and bite. Please review the two phase treatment approach below.
Phase 1: The Growth Phase
Usually begins around age 7
Lasts 12-24 months, with visits scheduled every 10-12 weeks.
Heads off serious problems early
During this phase we use the following appliances:
Headgear: Removable appliance used to apply pressure on the teeth and pull them backwards.
E-Arch: Used to widen the upper and/or lower jaws to make room for permanent teeth.
Lipbumper: Used to push the molars on your lower jaw back to create more space for other teeth.
Distal Jet: Non-removable lingual appliance that is used to move upper teeth backward faster.
Brackets: A metal, plastic, or ceramic fixed attachment which holds an arch wire.
Bite Plate: Designed to correct a deep bite (when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth).
Twin Block: Made up of two components, an upper and lower palate, which work together to posture the lower jaw forward.
Phase II – The Alignment Phase
This phase begins when most of the permanent teeth have erupted. It involves placing braces on all the teeth to correct their alignment and bite. Treatment time ranges from 12-24 months. The goals of this phase are very specific:
Align the newly erupted permanent teeth.
Total bite correction to allow teeth to function properly and last a lifetime.