“WHY NOT JUST PUT BRACES ON?” We hear this from parents all the time. Good question. Many parents that come in were treated this way themselves and some of us were, too.
There was a time – a generation ago – that orthodontists would use braces in an effort to fix what were actually structural issues. Lots of learning later, we now know that it is imperative to establish a stable foundation before moving teeth. Enter Two-Phase Treatment – a steady method that builds a quality foundation for results that last a lifetime.
Everyone grows according to his or her own genetic blueprint. When we initiate orthodontic treatment, it isn’t because a child has reached a particular age, but because they have reached a particular point in their development. That may be right away, or it may require examination for diagnostic measurements to identify the appropriate point of growth. Read about our Future Rock Stars rewards system.
As Dr. Bronsky always says, “If you work with Mother Nature, she will help you get great results. If you do not, you will lose”.
Phase I Treatment generally takes place between the ages of 7 and 12. During this preventative phase, we utilize orthodontic appliances to slowly and steadily redistribute and redirect growth. This improves the jaw position and establishes the appropriate space for permanent teeth – all prior to even considering braces. All patients are different, and in some cases, Phase I isn’t required. When appropriate, we move right into Phase II.
Once the foundation is properly set, we utilize braces or Invisalign® to guide teeth into the appropriate positions. When the bite, teeth, bones and gums work in harmony, the results will last a lifetime.
Issues that may arise from premature tooth movement include the following: