Advantages of Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal health, functional result that will remain stable throughout your life.
Our Goals in First Phase Treatment
First phase treatment is to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate all the permanent teeth and to relate the upper and lower jaws to each other. Sometimes children exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper and lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can be recognized at an early age.
Benefits of Two-Phase of Treatment
Because of rapid growth, children can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment. This treatment utilizes appliances that help direct the growth relationship of the upper and lower jaws. In essence we are setting up the foundation to the house, establishing and providing adequate room for the eruption of all the permanent teeth. Early orthodontic treatment may prevent later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaws. Leaving conditions untreated until all permanent teeth have fully erupted could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to achieve an ideal result with braces alone.
When Early Treatment is Indicated
If Phase I Treatment is indicted, our Treatment Coordinator will review diagnostic records, types of appliances, approximate length of treatment time and an estimated cost. While two phases of treatment are not always necessary, Phase I Treatment may mimimize or eliminate the needs for a second phase of treatment.
Observation or Resting Period
In between Phase I and Phase II Treatments we put our children into an observation phase. During this time we monitor the eruption of remaining permanent teeth. We don’t recommend a retainer during this time because it may interrupt with the eruption of the permanent teeth. At the end of Phase I your child’s teeth are not in their final position. This will take place in the second phase of treatment.
Second Phase Treatment: Establishing a Functional and Beautiful Smile!
Phase II Treatment begins when all permanent teeth have fully erupted (in our practice this includes the second molars). Our goal is to establish an exact location where the teeth are in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue and also allowing the jaw to be seated in the correct position. Diagnostic records will be taken to allow Dr. Bob and Dr. Ron to determine the best individual treatment plan for your child.
When the second phase of treatment is initiated braces are usually placed on all of the teeth, and the average length of treatment runs about 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful GOOD smile. A GOOD Smile Lasts a Lifetime!