What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening and physical facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish an ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
Two-phase treatment will only be recommended if we feel that the first phase will significantly simplify the second phase, or improve and address an immediate concern of yours. Otherwise, we will recommend that your child wait until their adolescent years to consider treatment.
A Foundation for a Lifetime of Beautiful Smiles
Early treatment (typically ages 7-9) can offer significant benefits to children with jaw irregularities, destructive tongue or finger habits, and severe crowding. Treating your child during their growth stages allows us to achieve certain results that are not possible or as easily achieved once their face and jaw bones have fully developed. Phase 1 treatment is usually accomplished within 15 months. This early treatment will simplify future care. In most cases, a second phase of treatment will be necessary to align the other sixteen permanent teeth that will erupt during adolescence.Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth or the need for surgical procedures later in life.
In between the two phases, retainers are often worn at home and to sleep to maintain what was accomplished in the first phase of treatment. The retainers are worn until the remaining permanent teeth erupt. During this period, we usually like to check your child’s dental development and the retainers about every six to eight months.
Phase Two: When all the permanent teeth have erupted (typically ages 12-15) your child will be ready to consider his or her second phase of treatment.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. The second phase of treatment can consist of a full set of braces or Invisalign if appropriate.
What if I delay treatment?
Delaying treatment can result in the need for more invasive procedures such as impactions and need for extractions. Early treatment, when warranted, is most effective for achieving lasting results