December 6, 2012
Do kids really need braces twice? It is seemingly more common for orthodontists to perform two phase treatment—or the placement and removal of braces twice. Does this produce a better result? Orthodontic research has shown that having braces twice does not produce a better result than one comprehensive phase in the majority of patients. So who does need early orthodontic treatment? Examples include children with functional problems such as an inability to eat properly, severe crowding or excessive overbites. The problem and the reason for treatment should be obvious to the parents and the orthodontist should be able to explain the need for and benefit of the treatment. If you believe that your child has a special problem or need a second opinion please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Frost, a St. Louis orthodontist.