Laster Orthodontics offers two-phase orthodontic treatment for children to help them grow into a perfect smile.
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The goal of the first phase of treatment is to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate all the permanent teeth, as well as relating the upper and lower jaws to each other. Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper and lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can be recognized at an early age. If children after age 6 are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment.
Making records to determine your unique treatment
Dr. Laster will take models, x-rays, and photographs of your child's teeth. These orthodontic records will help determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits.
After phase one, the remaining permanent teeth are allowed to erupt. Retaining devices are not usually recommended since they may interfere with tooth eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement to grow in. A successful first phase will have created room for teeth to find an eruption path.
Monitoring your child's progress
At the end of phase one, your child's teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.
The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Your child's phase two braces will help them achieve a perfect smile they can be confident in for the rest of their lives.
Movement and retentionThe second phase of treatment is all about perfection and retention. At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan was established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase, as dictated by the problem. The second phase is initiated when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.
At Laster Orthodontics, marvelous is an everyday thing. We help families develop healthy, perfect smiles using customized treatments, and cutting-edge technology. We offer patients a wide range of options from traditional braces, to Dr. Laster's in-house aligner system, Laster Perfect Smile.
We create life-changing smiles every time, every day, for everyone.
The Laster Orthodontics team is full of happy, warm, genuine people who love life, and our patients. We are always 100% committed to patient care.
My son got braces at Laster Orthodontics. They are now off and his teeth look great! The staff and Dr. Laster were extremely friendly and helpful through the whole process.