Generally there are two or three stages of orthodontic treatment. Most patients will benefit from an active corrective stage followed by a retention stage some patients will benefit from two active treatment stages often referred to as two-phase treatment. The goals of each stage should be discussed with Dr. Batastini so that patients and/or parents have realistic expectations.
It is important to be aware that not every patient needs two phases of treatment.
Phase One: Functional: (growth) appliances and/or limited braces
In the first phase, the focus is the position and symmetry of the jaws, spacing of the teeth, breathing and other oral habits which may affect facial development. This phase of treatment could last from just a few months to over a year
Phase Two: Braces
In the second phase, the doctor will be looking at how your child’s teeth and jaws fit and work together. Your child’s teeth will be straightened and their occlusion (bite) will be properly aligned. Attention will be given to the jaw joint (TMJ) the facial profile, and gum tissues. This phase may take from one to three years.
The timing of treatment is different in every case. Dr. Batastini will discuss treatment timing at your consultation appointment.