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Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment combines both straightening and physical, facial change. This combination makes achieving ideal results for function, health and aesthetics possible.

Phase One

During the first phase, the goal is to help your jaw accommodate your permanent teeth, so that your upper and lower jaws fit correctly together. Often children show early signs of jaw issues as they develop. If these signs are recognized, they could be candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Early treatment can be very beneficial, and prevent the need for more extensive dental work or surgery later in life. When starting treatment, orthodontic records will be taken of your child to determine if early care is needed.

If phase one has succeeded, room for your child’s permanent teeth will be created. In this case, the permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. When not enough space exists, permanent teeth can often become impacted or displaced. At the end of phase one, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be finalized in phase two.

Phase Two

The goal of the second phase is to make sure all teeth are correctly positioned to function optimally with other parts of the mouth. This phase usually involves full upper and lower braces. At this time, all permanent teeth have erupted, and typically require braces from an average of 24 months. After this period, retainers are worn.