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Treatments for children & Adults
Orthodontic Treatments Explained
Orthodontic treatments exist to correct dental irregularities like crowding, spacing, crossbites and asymmetries between the upper and lower jaws. Children and adults of all ages with a healthy dental history are qualified candidates for orthodontic care.
What type of treatment does my child need?
Not all children require phase I treatment. However, when applicable, phase I therapy is usually limited to 12 months or less of total treatment time and focuses to correct severe irregularities such as: guided tooth eruption, severe misalignment of the teeth, severe bite irregularities, impacted teeth, asymmetric jaw alignment, palatal expansion, and space maintenance.
Phase II / Comprehensive Treatment
Most orthodontic needs can be addressed with one treatment course, otherwise known as comprehensive treatment. While it varies when someone is ready for comprehensive care, most treatment is indicated no sooner than 11-13 years old, or when all of the primary teeth have been lost. This form of treatment typically lasts between 18-24 months and can be offered with traditional braces or clear aligners (commonly known as Invisalign).