What is Two-Phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontics involves one course of treatment in childhood (usually ages 7 to 11 years) and another during adolescence (usually around ages 12 to 13 years). The first course of treatment is performed when the patient has a combination of baby and adult teeth.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening and physical, facial changes to build and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.
In the two-phase treatment plan, each phase focuses on distinct goals. Phase 1 treatment corrects existing or developing skeletal or muscular orofacial environments before the arrival of all the patient’s permanent teeth. It aims to amend the jaw position to accommodate the existing teeth as well as those that will come in later. Phase 2 treatment, on the other hand, concentrates on final alignment.
What happens if you delay your child’s Two Phase Treatment?
If the treatment is delayed until all the adult teeth erupt, there may be future orthodontic complications which may require extractions and/or surgery. Therefore, our dentists at Seton Smiles recommend undergoing orthodontic treatments in the early stages of life, if it’s suggested or recommended.