Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontics
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized orthodontic treatment for children. During Phase I treatment we are creating a proper foundation for the jaw to develop and allow for proper eruption of permanent teeth. If overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, or late loss of baby teeth occur, we can begin treating this at an early age during Phase 1. We create customized Phase 1 and Phase 2 treatment plans that fit your life!
What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?
Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is a custom treatment plan for children between the ages of six and ten. Phase 1 is recommended if our trusted doctors detect a chance of orthodontic problems down the line that can be prevented by early treatment during your free consultation.
The main goal of Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is to allow room for permanent teeth. Doing so will reduce the risk of overcrowding and crooked teeth. Phase 1 also focuses on the bite growth and the movement of the jaw. When in early treatment, we can often prevent future problems that may prolong Phase 2 orthodontic treatment.
Phase 1 treatment time varies between 12-18 months. After this, we attach a Bonded Lingual Retainer to the backs of the teeth to ensure proper movement and allow room for the eruption of permanent teeth. Until your child is ready for Phase 2, we will check in every 6 months to monitor the progress.
What is Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment?
Phase 2 orthodontic treatment is what many know as traditional orthodontic treatment when braces are placed on the upper and/or lower teeth.
Typically, Phase 2 begins between the ages of 11-13, however, there is no age limit! We begin with a free consultation to determine what treatment is best for you and discuss financing options. During Phase 2 treatment we can close spaces, straighten misaligned teeth, and correct overbites and underbites concerns.
Phase 2 treatment time varies between 12 – 20 months. Like any treatment, it is not one size fits all, and treatment time depends on the individual. After treatment, we will discuss retainer options to ensure teeth don’t move or shift.
You may be wondering if it’s worth the time and money to go through both phases of treatment, rightfully so. Phase 1 treatment lessens the time in Phase 2 treatment and makes the second half of orthodontic treatment much simpler. Between Phase 1 and Phase 2, there is no right answer as treatment varies from person to person, though. This decision can only be made with your trusted orthodontist to help answer any questions and pose any scenarios to help you make a well-informed decision. Schedule your free consultation today to determine the best treatment plan for your child!