You’ve probably heard of two-phase orthodontic treatment if you’re a parent of an adolescent who needs braces. But what is it exactly? Is it necessary? Can it help achieve a beautiful and healthy smile?

Children’s Dental Center is going to dive into the basics and how it can benefit your treatment.

Phase One: “Early Treatment”

The first phase of two-phase orthodontic care is often referred to as “early treatment.” This phase focuses on correcting jaw growth and encouraging proper teeth alignment. The treatment usually starts around age 6-9. This age group is when children still have some remaining baby teeth, and their facial structure is still growing and developing. During this phase, the orthodontist may recommend wearing a palatal expander or headgear to correct misalignment issues. This will also give them a better idea of how the adult teeth will fit together once they start coming in. 

Phase Two: “Full Treatment” 

The second phase is referred to as “full treatment” and usually begins when all adult teeth have come in (around age 11 or 12). During this stage, traditional braces are applied to straighten and align the teeth properly. The duration of this phase varies from patient to patient. However, it generally takes between one and three years for the entire process to be completed. In addition to braces, other treatments, such as retainers or elastics, may be recommended to improve bite alignment even further.

Should Everyone Consider The Two-Phase Approach?

Two-phase treatment isn’t for everyone. However, it might be the best option if your child has serious misalignment issues or jaw development problems. This phased approach can help to correct them and ensure a healthier, more attractive smile in the future. If you’re unsure whether a two-phase plan is necessary for your child, consult an orthodontist. They can evaluate your child’s teeth and jaw structure to determine the most successful treatment. 

A two-phase option is an effective way to give your child a beautiful, healthy smile that they’ll be proud of for years to come. It’s worth taking the time to learn about what it entails and whether or not it’s suitable for your family.

Who Ends Up Needing Further Treatments After Phase 2 Braces?

Not every patient will need further treatments after phase two braces. However, those with more severe misalignment issues or bite problems may need additional treatment. Future treatment could include jaw surgery or other orthodontic appliances to help achieve the desired smile. Your orthodontist can give you a better idea of what type of treatment your child might need after phase two.

Some reasons further treatment could be needed: 

• Jaw misalignment issues that weren’t corrected during the two-phase treatment

• Poor oral hygiene habits leading to plaque buildup and tooth decay 

• Teeth moving out of their proper alignment due to an uneven bite or other issues

• Genetics, which can increase the likelihood of misaligned teeth or jaw structure issues

Why is Two-Phase Treatment Ideal? 

Two-phase treatment is beneficial for adolescents because it allows the orthodontist to address potential issues early on while they’re still relatively easy to correct. It also ensures that your child’s bite and teeth are correctly aligned before they become adults, reducing their risk of long-term dental problems such as crowding or crooked teeth. 

Not to mention, a two-phase treatment can help your child achieve a healthy smile. With proper alignment and bite correction, they’ll be ready to take on the world with a confident grin. 

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment: The Basics

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment: The Key to a Healthy Smile for Your Child! 

Ready to give your child the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve? Contact Children’s Dental Center today to schedule a consultation or learn more about two-phase orthodontic treatment and the benefits for your child.

We can’t wait to help you achieve a stunning smile.