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Two-Phase Treatment

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment combines tooth straightening with facial physical changes, aiming for a stable, functional, and aesthetic outcome. This approach is beneficial as it maximizes the potential for an ideal result in your child’s oral health and appearance.

Postponing treatment might necessitate more invasive procedures later, possibly leaving some issues unresolved. Early intervention is crucial for effective, long-lasting results.

Phase One: Establishing a Foundation

Phase One treatment, starting around age eight or nine, focuses on jaw development to accommodate all permanent teeth and improve jaw alignment. It is especially beneficial for children showing early signs of jaw problems or crowded front teeth. Early treatment not only guides jaw growth and tooth eruption but also can prevent the need for tooth extraction or surgery in the future.

Resting Period

Following Phase One, a resting period allows the remaining permanent teeth to erupt freely without the interference of retaining devices. This phase ensures that space created during the first phase is utilized effectively for the emerging teeth. Regular monitoring through recall appointments, typically every six months, is essential during this period.

Phase Two: Alignment and Aesthetics

Phase Two begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, usually involving braces on all teeth for about 24 months. This phase aims to position each tooth precisely, ensuring harmony with the lips, cheeks, and tongue. The use of retainers after this phase helps maintain the achieved results and the beauty of your child’s smile.

With its distinct and structured approach, two-phase treatment is critical in shaping the aesthetics and functional aspects of your child’s dental health. For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please get in touch with our practice.