Phase I, also known as early interceptive treatment, is a limited orthodontic approach that involves the use of growth appliances, expanders, or partial braces before the patients adult teeth have fully erupted. This care typically happens when your child is between the ages of seven and eleven and tends to last 11-14 months long. Some of the major problems that would require early intervention with orthodontic treatment are:
- Severe crowding
- Teeth “sticking out” or positioned forward
- Teeth hitting together with too much force
- Crossbites or “teeth positioned on the wrong side of the bite”
Phase II treatment is needed after most Phase I cases where earlier intervention was needed. Once the permanent teeth are present, a Phase II treatment is done to align these permanent teeth using braces. Not only does this phase correct spaces and misaligned teeth, but it also corrects overbite or underbite concerns. Treatment time can vary, and our orthodontist can give you a better prediction at your complimentary screening.
Traditional metal or silver colored braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch wires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) at each visit for a more unique and colorful smile.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal, or brackets to cause mouth abrasions. Many of our patients would never consider traditional braces but are now happily and comfortably improving their smiles with Invisalign. A consultation at our office can determine if Invisalign is an option for you.
After orthodontic treatment, maintaining your teeth in the correct position with retainers is critical. After the first few months of full-time retainer wear, most patients will move to only night time wear on their retainers. At My Braces, we offer different retainer options, including permanent and removable options, based on your individual needs.