At Bartlett Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer something unique in the Mid-South area…a convenient and progressive orthodontic program within our pediatric practice provided by our full time orthodontist and our pediatric dentists.
Here at Bartlett Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we:
- Have expertise in both First Phase (elementary school age) and traditional (teenage) orthodontics.
- Will evaluate at no charge your child’s orthodontic needs, and give you our opinion about what kind of treatment, if any, would be best.
- Have over 30 years experience.
- Offer parents the added convenience of combined orthodontic and hygiene appointments.
First Phase Orthodontics
Often the dentist can detect developing orthodontic problems early – even before the permanent teeth erupt. For example, baby teeth with little or no spacing between them usually indicates that the permanent teeth will be crowded.
In the past, no orthodontic treatment was started until all the permanent teeth were in, somewhere between ages 11 to13. Orthodontists thought that, for full braces to straighten every tooth, all must be erupted before beginning. So, the middle school years became the time to get braces. Happily, this is still a good choice for children with mild orthodontic problems, because it gives a good result with a single phase of treatment lasting 18-24 months.
Now, however, modern orthodontic treatment suggests that dividing the treatment into two phases often gives the best results, especially in more complicated cases. First Phase refers to early treatment (ages 6-10 years), which uses a variety of appliances designed to make more difficult cases less severe. Second Phase, which refers to the traditional full braces (ages 11-13), is designed to correct what was not corrected in the first phase and to “fine-tune” the bite and the smile. Almost all children who need First Phase treatment will need Second Phase as well.
There are many different First Phase appliances, each designed to help a different problem. A youngster could require one, or several of them depending on what his individual needs are.
In our office, if your child needs Second Phase (full braces) later as most do, money that was spent on First Phase appliances applies HALF toward our fee for the full braces. In a few cases, full braces are not necessary, and partial braces to align a few teeth give good results. With partial braces, money spent on First Phase will not apply, but partial braces are much less expensive than full braces. In a very few cases, patients and parents are so well satisfied with results of First Phase, they elect no Second Phase at all.