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Orthodontic treatment can include the use of expanders, space maintainers, braces, clear aligners (such as Invisalign), removable functional appliances, headgear, retainers and many others.
Orthodontists are generally familiar with the entire spectrum of appliances and techniques used in orthodontic treatment.
Treatment that is done in children around the ages of 7 to 10 years when there is a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth in the mouth is called early treatment, Phase I treatment, or interceptive treatment.
This treatment is intended to correct a problem with the normal development of the jaws and teeth.
Sometimes this early treatment can prevent the need for additional treatment later although most of the time a second phase of treatment called Phase II treatment will be required once all the adult teeth have grown into the mouth. For adolescents and adults with all adult teeth a single phase of treatment is normally sufficient.