Two Phase Treatment

Phase One & Phase Two Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child

Two-phase treatment is a specialized orthodontic treatment plan for children. It combines teeth straightening and creating a functional bite. This treatment creates a proper foundation for normal jaw development and eruption of permanent teeth. Early or late loss of baby teeth, crowded or misplaced teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites and other such oral problems can be treated at an early age with these multiple phases of care.

What Is Phase One Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase One orthodontic treatment, otherwise known as early interceptive treatment, is an orthodontic procedure that is done for children before all of their permanent teeth erupt, and often occurs between the ages of 6 and 10. Phase One treatment is generally recommended by orthodontists when there are chances of a moderate or severe orthodontic problem occurring early in the child’s life and waiting is not recommended. On the other hand, Phase One treatment is also not recommended unless the orthodontist is sure that he/she can make a significant difference in their patient’s final outcome by performing this procedure.

The primary goal of Phase One treatment is to ensure enough room for permanent teeth, which will reduce the risk of overcrowding, which inevitably leads to crooked teeth. Phase One treats bite growth and the jaw, including issues such as crossbite or underbite. Early correction can often prevent future instances of dental trauma, avoid chances of permanent tooth removal or jaw surgery in the future. Leaving such dental issues untreated may require the child to get braces later on in life. The treatment time for Phase One usually varies between 9-12 months.

What Is Phase Two Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase Two orthodontic treatment is what most of us are familiar with. Phase Two occurs when braces are placed on the upper and/or lower teeth. Not only does this phase correct spaces and misaligned teeth, but it also corrects overbite or underbite concerns. Phase Two typically begins around the age of 11 or 12. This phase of orthodontic treatment usually lasts an average of 12-20 months, but, as always, each case is different, depending on the individual.