Today it is recommended that children have their first orthodontic consultation by age 7. At this time, our Southland Park FL orthodontist at Freedman & Haas Orthodontics will let you know if your child is a good candidate for two-phase orthodontic treatment.
When your child comes to our orthodontic practice for a consultation, he or she will be seen by one of our expert and well-liked orthodontists, either Dr. Douglas Freedman or Dr. Sharon Haas. Our Southland Park FL orthodontist will see if your child will benefit from two-phase orthodontic treatment that uses both tooth straightening and physical changes that the young child’s jaw is going through so that the jaw can be properly adjusted, if necessary. The main benefit of this two-phase orthodontic approach is to allow our orthodontist to accomplish ideal aesthetic results for your child that will remain stable throughout their lifetime. Children who go through early phase-one treatment, are usually having their jaw adjusted so that it will be able to accommodate all of the teeth of the child’s mouth which have yet to erupt. This cannot be done at a later age, and improper jaw size is the reason why many teens who are having orthodontic care need to have tooth extractions. Interceptive orthodontic care not only eliminates the need for many tooth extractions, but also makes it likely that the orthodontic care needed later on will be much less involved, and much less costly. If a patient has a jaw discrepancy, this can be treated while the child is still young, and early treatment makes it much more likely that the result will be stable and long-lasting. Phase one care also allows treatment so that the upper and lower jaws properly relate to each other. This type of early phase one treatment occurs between the ages of seven and eleven.
To learn more about two-phase orthodontic treatment, simply make an appointment for you and your child to meet with our Southland Park FL orthodontist.