At DaBell and Paventy Orthodontics, our top orthodontists are committed to providing services that give your child a straight, healthy smile for life. Our orthodontists treat patients in our East and West Spokane Valley, Colville, and Cheney offices, using the latest techniques to create personalized braces treatment plans.
Braces For Kids
Age 7 is when the first set of permanent molars and most of the permanent front teeth should be in. There are certain problems that should be corrected at this early age, but most 7-year-olds don’t need braces. Nevertheless, it is still very important to monitor the growth and development of the teeth and jaws at this age.
When children who have some permanent teeth and some baby teeth (typically 7-10 year olds) need braces, this treatment is usually called Phase 1, Interceptive or Early Orthodontic Treatment. This type of treatment usually lasts 9 months to 1 year and has specific goals, like correcting a cross-bite or making more room for permanent teeth. This early treatment is almost always followed by another round of braces when all the permanent teeth grow in. Getting treatment at the right age is important to ensure the best long-term results. Investing in braces for your children sets them up for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
When kids who have all their permanent teeth need braces, this treatment is called Full or Comprehensive Treatment. This usually involves a full set of upper and lower braces to align and place all the teeth in their ideal position for a beautiful smile and a healthy functional bite.
Most children and teens opt for metal braces with the colors they can change at each appointment. Braces are cool! And for many kids it’s fun to be able to show them off.
For those teens who aren’t interested in braces, there’s Invisalign® Teen. More and more teens are deciding to wear Invisalign clear aligners as opposed to traditional brackets and wire.
After your child’s orthodontic evaluation, your orthodontist may talk about something called “two-phase treatment.” If you’ve never heard this term before, you’re not alone! Many people aren’t aware of what two-phase treatment is, and as a result, find it a little intimidating.
That said, we want to emphasize that it is nowhere near as daunting as it sounds – it’s actually pretty straightforward.
The first phase centers around specific problems that need to be addressed as early as possible, and the second stage is dedicated to full alignment of the teeth, jaws, and facial structures.
Certain circumstances necessitate handling orthodontics in two phases, which allows us at DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics to bring not only the best, healthiest smiles to our patients but also long-lasting ones!
Advantages Of Two-Phase Treatments
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, esthetic result that will remain stable throughout their life.
What If I Put Off Treatment?
Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your child’s smile. When indicated, early treatment is the most effective for achieving lasting results.
The goal of Phase 1 treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age.
If children over the age of 6 are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are the best candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if children around the age of 8 have crowded front teeth, early treatment can avoid the need to extract permanent teeth later.
Planning Now Can Save Your Smile Later
Children can benefit tremendously from early-phase treatment. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws.
Making Records To Determine Your Unique Treatment
Orthodontic records are necessary to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of:
- Models of the teeth
During your child’s initial consultation, the orthodontist will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary.
In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they would interfere with eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path – otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.
Monitoring Your Teeth’s Progress
At the end of Phase 1, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in Phase 2. The orthodontist may opt for selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth to enhance eruption during this resting phase. In this case, periodic appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.
The goal of Phase 2 is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Phase 2 usually involves full upper and lower braces for optimized teeth straightening effects.
At the beginning of Phase 1, the orthodontist creates records and a diagnosis and treatment plan is established. Certain types of appliances are used in the first phase, to correct and realign the teeth and jaw.
Phase 2 begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your best, most beautiful smile.
Questions About Our Top Kids Orthodontists?
Please contact one of our four Dabell & Paventy Orthodontics offices to schedule an appointment for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation. Remember, early treatment gives your child the best, healthiest smile for the future!
For your convenience, we are open for extended hours during the summer. Call our East and West Spokane Valley, Colville, or Cheney offices today!