Many people wonder why younger children are getting braces more often now then ever before. Why would we be putting braces on an eight-year-old child when they do not even have all their permanent teeth yet? The answer is that some children need orthodontic treatment that requires two phases of treatment. The first phase, or interceptive phase, helps with jaw expansion and alignment as well as teeth alignment. Children’s jaws are more pliable than adults’, and when they are young, expansion is simple and painless. Without expansion as a child, many adults are faced with the option of jaw surgery only to correct jaw expansion or alignment. By intercepting at a young age, patients are able to achieve perfect smiles without extensive treatment or surgery.
After your phase-one treatment, there will be a resting period. This will allow the permanent teeth to adjust and grow into their new positions. Then, phase two will begin. This process involves the use of braces that reposition and shape your smile. This places your teeth in specific positions where they are in harmony with your lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Lee will create a plan for you and show you the process and timeframe of this phase.
To schedule an appointment with your orthodontist and to learn more about two-phase treatment in North Bend, Washington, call our office now!