Early Orthodontic Treatment in Miami
At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we believe that a healthy smile is a gift every child deserves. Part of helping your child to achieve great oral health that lasts a lifetime is monitoring the development of their teeth and the possible need for orthodontic treatment.
For children, there is an optimal window during which we should begin planning orthodontic treatment. Treatment at an early age ensures the best results with the least amount of time and expense.
The American Association of Orthodontists suggests scheduling an evaluation as soon as we see any sign of orthodontic problems, but no later than age seven. At this point, children usually have their first permanent molars and incisors, allowing us to evaluate crowding, crossbites, and other alignment problems.
There are two phases to your child’s early orthodontic treatment:
Phase One Treatment
Children often display early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. The goal of treatment during phase one is to help create the conditions that allow your child’s jaw to develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve dental bite.
With early treatment, we can examine and monitor your child's growth to determine when starting treatment will be most effective. For instance, we may find that your child has an upper jaw that’s growing too much or is too narrow. If your child is over six and we find this jaw discrepancy, we may recommend early orthodontic treatment. When treatment is started before all adult teeth have emerged, it’s known as Phase One Treatment.
Also, working with your child at an early age allows us to develop a comprehensive record that can be used to determine what type of orthodontic treatment is best. These records include models of the teeth, x-rays, and photographs.
After the initial evaluation, we’ll take a “time-out” to allow your child’s teeth to emerge naturally. Successful first phase treatment will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path, so it’s best to allow them some freedom of movement. Removing certain baby teeth may be in the best interest of ensuring proper eruption during this resting phase.
Phase Two Treatment
The second phase of treatment begins when all your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Our goal during the Phase Two treatment is to ensure that each tooth is perfectly located in the mouth so they’re in harmony with other teeth, as well as the lips, cheeks, and tongue. When this balance is established, the teeth will function together properly.
We’ll use the records taken during the first phase of treatment and establish a diagnosis and treatment plan customized for your child. Phase Two usually includes full upper and lower braces on all teeth for an average of 24 months.
With all the effort you and your child go through to achieve a straight, healthy smile, it’s important that retainers be worn to protect your investment and maintain the beautiful results. We’ll also schedule recall appointments every six months so we can monitor your child’s continued development.
Call Us to Arrange a Convenient Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about two-phase treatment for your child? Please call Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics and we’ll be happy to get the process started by setting up a consultation with Dr. Yazji. We look forward to helping your child enjoy a happy, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
"Orthodontic treatment at Dr. Yazji's office has been a family affair for us. Both of my daughters had pre-braces, my eldest had braces, and now my youngest is wearing Invisalign. ... Read more