Two-Phase Treatment Approach
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What is two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment begins with early detection in children. It is a process that combines tooth straightening and physical, facial changes to build and maintain a healthy smile.
The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will help your child maintain a healthy smile.
A child's foundation for their smile
The goal of Phase-One treatment in children is to help guide jaw development in a way that will accommodate permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together.
Getting an early start on oral health
Children can benefit 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.
Using technology to determine your child's unique treatment plan
Orthodontic records need to be created to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of your child's visits. These records consist of models of the teeth, X-rays, and photographs.
During your child’s initial consultation, your orthodontist will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary.
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. This will set up a foundation for the second phase of treatment.
At the end of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not quite yet in their final positions. These positions will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment.
Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may enhance tooth eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, we will set up recall appointments for observation, usually on a six-month basis.
Maintaining oral health
The purpose 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 balance is established, the teeth will function together properly.
Phase-Two usually involves full upper and lower braces. The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 2 years.
Retainers should be worn after this phase to ensure you retain the integrity of your child's new smile.