January 19th, 2017
AGE 7 IS THE PERFECT AGE for a Phase I orthodontic treatment by an orthodontist. Phase I orthodontic treatment fixes bite problems when the mouth has 12 permanent and 12 baby teeth present.
Early Orthodontic Treatment Can Prevent Serious Problems
Early orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious teeth problems from developing. When Phase II orthodontic treatment is necessary at age 12, this treatment of all the permanent teeth will be faster and easier to complete.
At your child's orthodontic evaluation, the orthodontist will evaluate:
- Tooth eruption and permanent tooth development
- Space needed for all permanent to erupt naturally
- Bite relationship and jaw growth pattern
- Oral habits, tongue position and speech
- Teeth protrusion, overjet and overbite
- Smile and teeth straightness
- Facial profile
- Lip posture
Orthodontists are able to achieve better results with Phase I Phase II orthodontic treatment in 15% of cases. Should treatment not be needed, the orthodontist will monitor tooth eruption and growth and development until all permanent teeth are present at age 12 and let parents know if treatment is necessary and the most appropriate type and time for orthodontic treatment.
We Can Give Your Child A Beautiful, Healthy Smile
To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org or visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com for call us at (925) 757-9000.
There are good reasons for your child to have an orthodontic examination by age 7. Here's to your child's healthy smile.
June 7th, 2016
OPEN BITES can be seen in children as early as four years old. When an open bite is first seen with the baby teeth, parents often ask "How early can I close my child's open bite?"
Open bites can be either:
- A normal transition from baby to permanent teeth
- Due to an oral habit or thumbsucking
- Due to a skeletal growth problem
Age 7 Is The Perfect Time To Correct An Open Bite
When an open bite is present with baby teeth, orthodontists usually want to wait until age 7 to correct the open bite.
Correcting an open bite at age 7 usually includes a habit appliance which is cemented to the permanent 6 year molars and braces. This treatment is called Phase I orthodontic treatment and usually takes 18 to 24 months. After Phase I treatment, there is usually a second Phase II orthodontic treatment when all permanent teeth erupt at age 12.
Open bite affects less than four percent of children. Should the open bite persist into teenage years and the opening involve more than just the front teeth, there could be a more complex vertical skeletal growth problem.
We Can Help Your Child's Open Bite!
If you are seeing an open bite in your child, please call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 in Antioch, California for a complimentary consultation. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com. To find an orthodontist near you, visit www.mylifemysmile.org.
Age 7 is the ideal time to start closing an open bite. Close your child's open bite at age 7 before it becomes more complex.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
July 7th, 2015
DENTAL AND SKELETAL bite problems are evident by age 7. Phase I Phase II orthodontic treatment is like doing half now, half later, assisting you with the development of your smile from age 7 to age 13 when your smile is mature.
Phase I orthodontic treatment starts around age 7 in the mixed dentition when 12 permanent teeth and 12 baby teeth are present.
Phase I Phase II Treatment May Improve Your Final Result
In 15% of cases, the overall result will be improved by Phase I orthodontic treatment. Benefits include symmetrical jaw growth, eliminating the need for tooth extraction, preventing tooth wear, or stopping harmful habits such as thumbsucking while improving speech and self-esteem.
Permanent retainers are popular after Phase I orthodontic treatment. These bonded wires prevent tooth relapse and the need for replacement of lost retainers.
Sixteen permanent teeth come in between Phase I and Phase II orthodontic treatment. The chances of one of these new teeth being crooked is high. Usualy there is a benefit in doing Phase II orthodontic treatment after Phase I treatment.
Phase I Treatment Makes Phase II Go Easier
Phase II orthodontic treatment begins when all the permanent teeth have come into place at age 12.
Phase II treatment is easier because Phase I treatment has already corrected the major orthodontic problems.
If you have questions about Phase I Phase II orthodontic treatment, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation.
Every smile is unique. Here’s to the growth and development of your beautiful smile!