Phase I Orthodontic Treatment
If Dr. Khattab performs your child’s orthodontic evaluation and concludes that treatment is necessary, we will take a two-phase approach. Phase I treatment takes place between the ages of 6 and 10, while they still have most of their primary teeth.
Our orthodontic team may recommend expansion, an active retainer, or partial braces as part of the Phase I treatment. The goal of Phase I is to better prepare your child’s jaws to make room for their permanent teeth and to improve the relationship between their upper and lower jaws.
Phase II Orthodontic Treatment
The timing of Phase II depends on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is situated in the best location for proper function.
Phase II usually involves full upper and lower braces for your child and will not begin until all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Phase II treatment usually lasts for a minimum of 24 months depending on the individual needs of your child.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, our dentists will custom design one to fit your child’s mouth. The space maintainer keeps the space from the lost baby tooth open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come in properly.