Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontics – Orthodontics and Your Child
When most people think of orthodontics, they typically think of "braces,” the metal bracket and wire system used to straighten permanent teeth. But certain orthodontic problems are far easier to correct in the early stages of a child's growth and development.
Waiting to begin treatment may actually make it more difficult to treat certain conditions. At Boschken Orthodontics, we believe that early interceptive orthodontic treatment can improve your child’s likelihood of achieving a beautiful, well-functioning bite and smile.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist by the age of seven. The purpose of an early visit is to evaluate whether changes in the child’s skeletal and bite conditions are needed. If changes are needed, plans can be made to begin treatment at the ideal time.
There are several advantages to early orthodontic treatment. If detected early, harmful habits can be corrected to avoid further, more extensive treatment. In addition, early treatment provides a variety of options that adolescent or adult treatment may be unable to offer. Dr. Boschken and his knowledgeable team will assess your child’s orthodontic needs and recommend options for treatment.
Phase 1 Orthodontic treatment generally occurs on children between the ages of 7 and 10, when the child still has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth. Phase 1 treatment usually lasts about 6-18 months, and the primary objective is to address significant problems to prevent more severe conditions from arising. By addressing early orthodontic needs we can help improve a child's self-esteem and self-image, avoid unnecessary and costly removal of permanent healthy teeth, and shorten overall treatment time. Most children may still need full braces even after Phase 1 treatment.
Phase 2 Orthodontics typically occurs around 11+ years of age, once all of the adult teeth have erupted.
Please contact Boschken Orthodontics with any questions and to schedule your complimentary evaluation at our beautiful South San Jose location. (408) 225-6660