According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have an initial orthodontic screening at age 7. Consultations with Dr. Lambert are complimentary.
Early evaluation isn’t necessarily followed by early treatment. In many cases, we simply monitor your child’s development and growth patterns until we see that it’s time for treatment to begin. This gives us an opportunity to get the best results in the most efficient way, to help prevent future problems, and to get to know you and your child better.
Phase I treatment refers to a type of early intervention that creates a more ideal environment for the eruption of the permanent teeth.
Phase I always occurs before the pubertal growth spurt and when the patient still has a combination of permanent teeth and baby teeth. It aims to address a certain set of issues and is not necessarily recommended to all patients. This phase typically lasts for 6-12 months and is followed by a period of retention. We will continually monitor their development and growth as they transition. Additional treatment may be recommended when the permanent teeth have erupted.
Phase II treatment is a comprehensive style treatment that begins when the majority of the permanent teeth are in place. This phase will set the alignment of the teeth and the coordination of the bite into a final position. The length of a Phase II can vary anywhere from 6 to 30 months of treatment. A variety of options are available for retention following active treatment.