Children’s Braces: Second Phase Orthodontics
Two-phase orthodontics can be incredibly beneficial for children with orthodontic issues. Learn more about the benefits of children’s braces in this blog.
The goal of first phase orthodontics is to help a child’s jaw develop properly. The second phase of orthodontics focuses on creating a smile that’s beautiful and fully functional. This phase of treatment is typically characterized by braces because the child’s adult teeth have almost fully developed.
The second phase of orthodontics is much simpler when a patient has previously undergone orthodontic care to correct any jawbone issues. However, many times braces are the first experience a preteen or teenager has with an orthodontist.
Continue reading to learn about the benefits of Phase II orthodontics.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment for Adolescents
The preteen and teenage years are the most common time for second-phase orthodontics to begin. When treatment starts early enough, it’s likely that the patient will have their braces off by the time high school begins or before his or her sophomore year of high school.
There are several benefits to completing phases one and two of orthodontic treatment by this time, including:
1. Improved oral health
Whether your child has crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, braces will do more than just improve his or her appearance. Braces can help reduce the risk of developing oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
Issues of malocclusion make it difficult for anyone to clean their teeth properly and effectively. This means that food and bacteria can easily be caught between the teeth and eat away at the dental enamel and/or soft tissues surrounding the teeth which often leads to cavities and gum disease.
When the teeth are perfectly aligned, brushing and flossing become easier and much more effective so the patient can avoid serious oral health problems.
2. Better overall health
Braces improve the patient’s bite which makes it easier for patients to properly chew their food. This helps with digestion issues because the food is broken up into smaller pieces before it moves into the stomach.
Additionally, when the risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease is lessened, so are many overall health issues. Untreated gum disease has been linked to health problems like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and hormonal irregularities.
Though these health issues aren’t common in adolescents, parents can help their children avoid these health problems in the future.
3. Boost self-esteem
Unfortunately, many preteens and teens struggle with low confidence. This can seem even more detrimental than the aforementioned issues because it affects their mental health and all other aspects of their lives.
When a student enters junior high and high school, there are so many opportunities for him or her that have never been available before. Clubs, sports, speech classes, and other activities allow students to explore their interests and passions. Sadly, students who struggle with low self-esteem may never take these opportunities. In addition, poor self-confidence can impact a student’s ability to make friends.
It’s been proven that people with beautiful smiles are more assured and appear to be more likable, successful, and happy. Braces can help your child have the confidence he or she needs to try new things, find new passions, and achieve their goals.
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We know that all parents want the best for their children, and we believe that orthodontic treatment is one of the best things a parent can give!
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