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Two-Phase Treatment

What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?

Two-phase treatment is treatment offered to young children who present with signs of significant orthodontic issues. The goal of two-phase treatment is to treat some of the problems early on, preventing them from worsening and requiring invasive treatments later on. This approach makes it easier on the patient to achieve health, functional, aesthetic oral and facial features that will last throughout his or her life.

Phase I

This phase of treatment is the foundation of the second phase of treatment. The goal here is to control the development of the jaws, allowing them to accommodate all emerging teeth and ensuring that they align properly with each other. Problems with the growth of the jaws can be detected very early on, so you should make sure your child sees an orthodontist on or around their 6th birthday.

Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles

The goal of phase one treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age. If children, over the age of six, are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if children around the age of 8 have crowded front teeth, early treatment can avoid the need to extract permanent teeth later.

Planning now can save your smile later

Children benefit tremendously from early phase treatment. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws.

Making records to determine your unique treatment

Orthodontic records will be necessary to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of models of the teeth, X-rays, and photographs. During your child’s initial consultation, your doctor will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary.

Phase II

Stay healthy and look attractive

This phase is meant to capitalize on the results of the phase I treatment, ensuring that each tooth is in the proper position and that all features are balanced and in harmony. This is generally accomplished through full braces on both the upper and lower teeth. Once treatment is over, which will usually take about 24 months for phase II, retainers will be used to maintain the results.

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. Phase two usually involves full upper and lower braces.

At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase, to correct and realign the teeth and jaw. The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.

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