Dr. Brandon’s approach to orthodontia is often multi-phased in which he will treat a child over a number of years. The purpose of this multi-phased approach is to not only treat a known issue but to prevent any more from occurring.
Why Is Two Phase Treatment Often Recommended?
- To prevent a problem from developing
- To cut off an already developing problem
- Guide the growth of the jaw bone
- Rid of harmful habits
Who May Need Two Phase Treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that if a parent notices ANY of the below indicators that they seek out treatment to determine if Two Phase Treatment is necessary.
- Crowded front teeth
- Early or late teeth loss (avg. is 5-13yrs old)
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Speech issues
- Thumb sucking past 5 yrs of age
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that do not come together in a normal manner
- Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth
Phase 1 & 2
Phase 1 typically lasts anywhere from 12-18 months and may include a variety of appliances (ex: braces and expanders) to rectify any specific problem(s) or prevent any from occurring. This phase occurs when a child still has much of their primary or “baby” teeth and is used to create a better environment for the child’s permanent teeth. Phase 2 is when Dr. Brandon will work to get the child’s permanent teeth into their permanent position.