TWO-PHASE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a process that combines tooth straightening with natural facial changes. Its purpose is to maximize aesthetic and functionality to ensure stability throughout a child’s life.
WHAT IF TREATMENT IS PUT OFF?
Delayed treatment often results in more invasive treatment later in life – treatment that may not completely correct your child’s smile. Early treatment produces lasting results.
FOUNDATION FOR A LIFETIME OF SMILES
As children develop, they often exhibit early signs of jaw issues. Phase One treatment helps the jaw develop in a way that accommodates permanent teeth and improves how the upper and lower jaws meet. Children over the age of six are candidates for early orthodontic treatment – a strategy that can prevent the need for surgical intervention and the extraction of permanent teeth later.
FIND YOUR CHILD’S UNIQUE TREATMENT
Orthodontic records are necessary to determine the appliance type and treatment duration that your child requires. These records consist of teeth models, X-rays and photographs. During your child’s initial consultation, these records will help the orthodontist determine if early treatment is necessary.
During Phase Two, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they interfere with this process, as it’s best to allow existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find eruption paths. This is how we mitigate the risk of impacted and displaced teeth.
Teeth find their final positions during the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of baby teeth can enhance eruption during this resting phase. It’s important to schedule periodic observation appointments for the six-month following treatment.
STAY HEALTHY, LOOK ATTRACTIVE
The goal of Phase Two is to ensure that each tooth finds a location in the mouth that’s harmonious with the lips, cheeks, tongue and other teeth. When equilibrium is achieved, the teeth will function together properly.
The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted. It usually requires upper and lower braces on all the teeth for approximately twenty-four months. Retainers are required after this phase to ensure your child retains a beautiful smile.