2 Phase Interceptive Treatment in Morristown

2 Phase Interceptive Treatment

Treating dental problems early can be key to your child’s oral development.

What are the advantages of 2-phase orthodontic treatment?

Prevents extraction of teeth through early growth guidance
Improves breathing by increasing airway volume
Reduces incidence of canine impaction by creating unobstructed paths of eruption
Reduces incidence of jaw surgery through early correction of class III malocclusion
Provides stable long-term correction of anterior open bite through improved tongue posture
Reduce traumatic injuries to the maxillary incisors
Elevates a young child’s self-esteem and reduces incidences of bullying
Mixed dentition-age children are more motivated and compliant than their adolescent-aged counterparts

Phase 1 Treatment

The goal of Phase One treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An evaluation at age 7 will determine whether a patient is a candidate for early interceptive treatment. Expansion of the upper and lower arches for over-crowding is often a main component of phase 1 treatment. In addition the early correction of openbites, deep bites, posterior and anterior cross-bites are often addressed.

Resting/Montoring Period:

After completion of Phase 1 treatment, all active appliances are discontinued to allow the remaining permanent teeth erupt on their own with the new room provided. Retaining devices may or may not be recommended as sometimes they can interfere with eruption of the permanent canines and premolars. Patients are monitored periodically to as growth and development and the eruption of the permanent teeth continues.

Phase 2 Treatment

The goal of the second phase is to finalize all tooth positions in the upper and lower jaws. This second phase of treatment is usually shorter and easier then general comprehensive treatment due to the corrections that were made in the first phase. Phase 2 treatment can be accomplished traditionally with upper and lower braces or with Invisalign clear aligners.

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Dr. Goldkind and his team are always eager to help any and all patients and hopes to create as many beautiful smiles as possible. If you are in search of a new orthodontist in Morristown, NJ contact Dr.Goldkind!