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KIDS AND ORTHODONTICS It is not unusual for children to receive orthodontic care at a very young age because their growth can be taken advantage of in order to make the ome problems are best dealt with earlier because if left untreated they can result in very complex, prolonged treatment or even corrective surgery. Your orthodontist will design a unique treatment plan for each and every child which will be determined from a clinical, photographic and x-ray examination. Following the diagnosis of your child’s specific problems, a bespoke treatment plan will be designed which may include one of two approaches: TWO-PHASE TREATMENT SINGLE-PHASE TREATMENT When two separate time periods are required to create a better environment for your child’s permanent teeth the approach is called two-phase treatment. The first phase is performed whilst your child has most of the primary or “baby” teeth. The second phase will occur when most or all of the permanent or “adult” teeth have grown into the mouth. Typical appliances used during two-phase treatment include removable braces, expansion devices to widen the jaws, retaining or holding appliances and fixed braces to manipulate the positions of the teeth. The aims of the first phase would be to avoid predictable problems and to solve any diagnosed conditions at an early age. Some of the devices used in the first-phase help guide the eruption of teeth or influence growth of the jaw bones. Your child is therefore able to bite or chew more efficiently and the teeth will more readily stay where the orthodontist has moved them. On completion of the first-phase there is a period of maintenance or retention which allows the teeth to settle. During this time your child will still be required to attend some appointments to monitor progress. When your child’s permanent teeth have all appeared, your orthodontist will judge whether they have grown into the correct positions and if not, a second phase of treatment will be recommended. It is likely that your orthodontist will recommend this second-phase of orthodontic appliances or braces to refine the results of the first-phase. Single-phase treatment is recommended when your orthodontist has determined that there are enough permanent teeth present for your child to have comprehensive orthodontic treatment performed over a single time period. This will usually involve wearing braces or ancillary appliances, followed by retention devices. Retainers have to be worn for a long period of time to keep the teeth in the corrected positions. S recommended treatment more successful. 86 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS


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