All About Two-Phase Treatment

Sometimes a two-phase orthodontic treatment option for children is the best way to achieve optimal results and avoid more invasive treatment later on. In fact, this approach may actually shorten the overall treatment time.

Children above age six who show signs of jaw problems (their jaw is too narrow or appears to be growing disproportionately) can benefit greatly from early intervention.

If your child’s front teeth are crowded at about age eight, this two-step approach may do away with the need for extracting teeth later on.

Phase One

Phase One focuses on the shape of the jaw itself. Treatment at this stage is designed to promote jaw development that allows the upper and lower permanent teeth to fit together as they should.

At your first visit, your doctor makes records (photographs, X-rays, and models of the teeth) to determine if early treatment is desirable and what steps should be taken.

We may recommend devices like headgear or space maintainers to bring the jaw and teeth into proper alignment. Our goal is to create room for the remaining permanent teeth to grow in properly during a break in the treatment.

Phase Two

Phase Two begins once all of your child's permanent adult teeth have emerged.

Braces are usually recommended at this time, followed by a retainer, to ensure that all the teeth have been stabilized in their correct positions.