Orthodontics Services

Two-Phase Treatment

Early treatment allows us to take advantage of the jaw growth that is occurring, allowing us to guide the jaw to ensure an ideal bite. If treatment is put off until later, it can lead to more invasive treatment, such as jaw surgery or extractions.

What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?

Two-phase treatment combines tooth straightening with physical facial changes. It allows us to take advantage of a jaw that is still growing in order to maximize our opportunity to create the most healthy, functional and aesthetically pleasing smile. The first phase of treatment allows the second phase to be more efficient and effective.

Phase One

A Foundation for a Lifetime of Beautiful Smiles

Phase I treatment works to guide the growth of the jaw to ensure a harmonious bite and to make room for all of the permanent teeth. As your child is growing, we can identify discrepancies in jaw growth that may benefit from early orthodontic treatment. It is recommended that children visit an orthodontist for the first time around the age of seven. This allows us to begin treatment at the ideal time to have the most impact, and prevent more invasive procedures later.

  • Planning now can save your child's smile later

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment can reduce or eliminate the need for extractions of permanent teeth or the need for jaw surgery later in life.

  • Making records to determine your child's unique treatment
    Orthodontic records, including X-rays, digital models of the teeth, and photos, are needed in order to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, and monitor the progress of your child’s treatment. These will be taken at the initial consultation and will help us know if your child could benefit from early treatment.

Resting Period

In between the two phases of treatment, there will be what we refer to as a resting period. During this time the remainder of the permanent teeth will erupt. During the first phase, enough room will be made to allow the remaining permanent teeth to erupt naturally.

  • Monitoring the teeth's progress
    The end of the first phase of treatment may not be end of treatment altogether because the teeth will not be in their ideal locations yet. This is accomplished in Phase Two. Your child will attend recall visits at six-month intervals to allow us to monitor the eruption of the remaining teeth and to determine if eruption can be enhanced by removing any baby teeth.

Phase Two

Stay healthy and look your best

Phase Two is the straightening part of treatment. Teeth are guided to their ideal locations, allowing the smile to be in harmony with the lips, cheeks and tongue, and ensure proper function.

The second phase will begin when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, and will require braces or clear aligners to guide the teeth. The average treatment time for phase two is 18 months. Retainers will then be worn to ensure the teeth remain in their new locations.

Early treatment can be more efficient and effective, and reduce the need for tooth extractions or jaw surgery if treatment is put off until later.

Early treatment allows us to do several things, such as

  • Guide the growth of the jaws to create a more ideal place for the permanent teeth to erupt
  • Regulate the width of the arches
  • Create space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid extractions
  • Correct bad habits, such as thumb-sucking
  • Improve speech problems and issues with chewing
  • Prevent damage to teeth that were sticking out too far

The best way to determine if your child may benefit from orthodontic treatment is to visit an orthodontist. However, there are some things parents can be on the lookout for:

  • Early or late loss of the baby teeth
  • Problems biting or chewing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked teeth
  • Upper teeth that are far ahead of the lower teeth
  • Lower teeth that are in front of the upper teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds
  • Teeth that fit together abnormally or not at all
  • Jaw that is not proportionate the rest of the face
  • Front teeth that are crowded at the age of seven or eight.

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. If needed, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.