Treatment Phases

What do you expect when you’re getting orthodontic care? A new smile of course! But it doesn’t just come willy-nilly. These things take time. That’s why we sometimes need to do things in phases. By splitting your orthodontic treatment into separate stages, we can help ensure your orthodontic experience leaves you smiling. But you want more details, right? Check out these great explanations:

PHASES OF TREATMENT

One phase or two? Which orthodontic treatment is best for you?

You may not realize it, but your child’s dental journey starts early. By age 7 or 8, your child’s mouth changes to accommodate their growth as they develop. This oral “fluidity” settles around age 11 to 12, and as they get further into their adolescent years, their mouth adheres into a more rigid position. To help prevent the need for more intensive orthodontic care, Dr. Clark D Cash recommends an early exam to determine if your child would benefit from Phase 1 treatments. Not all patients will require two phases of treatment!

PHASE 1 (EARLY TREATMENT)

Best described as early intervention, Phase 1 treatment takes a proactive approach to your child’s oral health and development. Catered to each child’s individual needs, these treatments help guide the child’s oral growth with partial braces, Invisalign® first or expansion, as needed. Phase 1 is designed to help address very specific criteria:

  • Severe crowding
  • Harmful habits including thumb or finger sucking
  • Skeletal discrepancies including crossbite or and overgrowth or undergrowth of one jaw
  • Protrusion of the upper front teeth

At the completion of Phase 1, retainers will be delivered to help with the guidance of the permanent teeth period.

PHASE 2 (FINISHING TREATMENT)

When all the permanent teeth have come in, they may or may not be aligned ideally. If there is misalignment, it is usually corrected within a short period — about one year — through full treatment. Occasionally Phase 2 includes an appliance in addition to Invisalign or braces, but that will be discussed at the examination if needed. Upon completion of Phase 2, the retention period begins, and Dr. Cash will monitor the patient for 12 months as included with treatment.

FULL COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT IN ONE PHASE

If Dr. Cash didn’t have the opportunity to see a patient prior to adolescence, or if a patient didn’t meet the criteria for early treatment (Phase 1), they are candidates for full comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

Full treatment begins when all the permanent teeth are in, or nearly in. It typically lasts between one and two years. In addition to braces or Invisalign on all the teeth, there may be additional oral appliances based on the patient’s need. Once completion with treatment, the retention period begins, and our orthodontist will monitor the patient for 12 months as included with treatment.

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For more specifics about orthodontic treatments and phases in Frankfort, Kentucky, schedule a consultation at Clark D Cash, DMD, MSD, PLLC by contacting us today at 502-227-1931.