Treatment for all Ages
Early Evaluation and Phase I Treatment
We want to see your child grow into a healthy, beautiful smile. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get their first evaluation with an orthodontic specialist by age 7. Not all children need an early phase of treatment, but Dr. Cook has the skills and training to detect warning signs and can offer the best treatment at the right age. The optimal time for an early phase of treatment, should it be needed, is between 7 and 10 years of age, so you won’t regret getting an early evaluation. When orthodontic treatment is not necessary, Dr. Cook can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Early (Phase I) treatment can:
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Help develop facial/jaw growth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Reduce the severity of the case and subsequent future treatment
- Improve your child’s bite and self-confidence
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Two-phase orthodontic treatment consists of two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. It is important to time each phase with a child’s particular stage of growth. A first phase (Phase I) of treatment is done while the child still has most of their primary or “baby” teeth. A second phase (Phase II) takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth. This second phase of treatment moves permanent teeth into their final positions.
Goals of Phase II treatment:
- Attain proper relationship of permanent teeth and jaws, so that they work correctly
- Correct alignment of the permanent teeth, for a beautiful smile
- Position the permanent teeth and jaws for an attractive face and profile
Comprehensive (single phase) Treatment
This is a single phase of orthodontic treatment for children and the most common. It is the same type of treatment with the same goals as Phase II of a two-phase process. In this case, the child did not need Phase I treatment. This takes place during adolescence or teenage years when a child has most or all of their permanent teeth.
Age doesn’t matter. The key factor in determining a good candidate for treatment is the health of teeth and gums. Many of today’s orthodontic treatments are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance and better fit an adult lifestyle. Keep in mind, limiting your treatment options may limit your results. Whether it is metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners (Invisalign) you have choices to help achieve your desired result.