Early treatment at Mountains Orthodontics
Our orthodontist have a special interest in early care (orthopaedics) including narrow upper jaws, disturbances in jaw growth, tooth development, thumb sucking, poor breathing patterns and restricted airways often associated with sleep apnoea. We call this early care Phase I and is a holistic approach to orthodontic treatment.
By commencing treatment at an early age our orthodontist are able to monitor and guide the growth of the jaw to take into account and manage the eruption of permanent teeth. Early Phase I treatment also gives greater flexibility to regulate the width of the upper jaw and space maintenance in the lower jaw.
- Phase I (plates) predominately treats the face in primary school.
- Phase II (braces) treats the teeth in high school.
How long does orthopaedic treatment take?
Early orthopaedic treatment "Phase I" can range from 12 to 24 months.
There may be a 'holding' period between Phase I and Phase II (braces). Our orthodontist will continue to monitor your child’s teeth and jaws throughout this time at no additional charge.