Two-Phase Treatment

What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?

The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your child's life.

What if treatment is put off?

Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your child's bite. Early treatment is most effective for achieving lasting results.

Phase One

A 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 improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw growth problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is not growing enough 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 seven have crowded front teeth, early treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later.

Resting Period

After phase I treatment, your child will come in periodically to check the retainer.  This will also provide the opportunity to check eruption of the permanent teeth and growth of the jaws, as well as overall somatic growth.  These are all factors that should be considered when planning phase II treatment/full braces.  

Phase Two

Stay healthy and look attractive

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 but will be determined on an individual basis.