two-phase 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 our opportunity to create lifelong healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing results.

What if treatment is put off?
Delaying treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life, that may not completely fix your child’s smile. 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 how the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age, and if children over the age of six are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. If children around the age of eight have crowded front teeth, early treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later.

  • Planning now can save your child’s 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.
  • Make records to determine your child’s 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, the doctor will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary.

Resting Period
In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they would interfere with eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.

  • Monitoring the teeth’s progress: At the conclusion of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase; therefore, we recommend observation appointments every six months, to ensure that we are creating a successful plan for your child’s smile.

PHASE TWO: Stay healthy and look attractive

The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has a perfect, defined location in the mouth, where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and the other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly.

The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure your child retains his or her smile is geauxing strong.

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 our opportunity to create lifelong healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing results.

What if treatment is put off?
Delaying treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life, that may not completely fix your child’s smile. 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 how the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age, and if children over the age of six are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. If children around the age of eight have crowded front teeth, early treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later.

  • Planning now can save your child’s 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.
  • Make records to determine your child’s 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, the doctor will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary.

Resting Period
In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they would interfere with eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.

  • Monitoring the teeth’s progress: At the conclusion of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase; therefore, we recommend observation appointments every six months, to ensure that we are creating a successful plan for your child’s smile.

PHASE TWO: Stay healthy and look attractive

The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has a perfect, defined location in the mouth, where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and the other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly.

The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure your child retains his or her smile is geauxing strong.

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