Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment for kids involves early intervention to straighten teeth while also establishing a good bite. Early orthodontic treatment can address issues like early or late loss of baby teeth, crowded or misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other similar oral issues.

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment

Before all a child’s permanent teeth erupt (6-10 years old), phase one orthodontic therapy, also known as an early interceptive treatment, is performed. Pediatric orthodontists typically suggest this kind of therapy when there is a likelihood the patient will experience a moderate or severe orthodontic issue early in life and waiting is not advised. However, phase one therapy is also not advised unless the orthodontist is confident that conducting this technique will significantly improve the patient’s results.

Phase One orthodontic treatment’s primary goal is to provide enough space for permanent teeth, lowering the likelihood of overcrowding, which invariably results in crooked teeth. Phase One also addresses problems with the jaw or bite, such as crossbites and underbites. Therefore, this early orthodontic therapy can be beneficial in situations where the child’s upper or lower jaw is not developing at the desired rate. Early treatment can often prevent additional dental trauma, reduce the possibility of permanent tooth removal, and even avert jaw surgery. If such oral problems are not addressed, adult braces may be required. Phase one procedures typically take between 9 and 18 months to complete. As the remaining teeth come in, the child is then given retainers, which are evaluated every four to six months.

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatments

  • Invisalign
  • Specialized retainers
  • Headgear
  • Limited phase of braces (select teeth)
  • Space maintainers
  • Functional appliances
  • Expansion appliances

Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment

Phase Two is what parents are familiar with when considering orthodontic treatment. When braces are attached to either the top or lower teeth, Phase Two begins. In addition to filling in gaps and straightening out misaligned teeth, this phase also addresses issues with an overbite or underbite. Phase Two normally starts when a child is 11 or 12. Typically, this stage of orthodontic treatment lasts between 12 to 20 months, however every case is unique and varies depending on the individual. While some kids may need to wear braces for up to four years, others with less severe problems might just need to do so for a year or so.

However, parents typically wonder if a two-phase treatment is necessary or whether they may just start Phase two treatment plans once their child reaches the appropriate age. In all honesty, there is no correct response to this question because each child’s orthodontic treatment is unique, and the best way to decide is take advantage of our free orthodontic consultation. To ensure that you are fully educated and ultimately make the greatest choice for your child, your orthodontist is the ideal person to assist you in understanding all potential options.

What Requires Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

Kids benefiting from a Two-Phase treatment may include:

  • Early infant teeth loss (before age 5)
  • Issues with biting or chewing
  • Thumb-sucking (after age 5)
  • A crossbite or if the teeth don’t line up properly
  • Around age 7 or 8 teeth start to crowd
  • Upper or lower teeth that protrude

Make an appointment with Otto Orthodontics as soon as possible if you want additional details on two phase orthodontic treatment.

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