What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment is beneficial for some young children before all of their adult teeth erupt. Because these children will require orthodontic treatment a second time when they are older, they receive two phases of care. Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and changes in the growth and development of the face or jaws. This is called dentofacial orthopedics. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, esthetic results that will remain stable throughout your child's life.
Not all children need two phases of orthodontic treatment. In fact, Dr. Geran will not recommend an early phase of treatment if the same results can be attained in one phase, when your child is older. It is difficult, however, to determine if your child needs early orthodontic care without a consultation. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven. Although your child may not be ready for orthodontic treatment at their first consultation appointment, an early examination by Dr. Geran allows her to plan the proper time to begin treatment that will give the most ideal results in the most efficient, comfortable manner. We offer complimentary consultations to help ensure patients are seen at the appropriate time.
Phase — One
Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles
For children who need early orthodontic care, the goal of phase one treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop.
- Children benefit tremendously from early phase treatment. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws. The alignment of crowded teeth also significantly boosts the self esteem of your growing child.
What if I put off treatment?
- Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your smile. Early treatment is most effective for achieving lasting results.
In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retainer wear is recommended to maintain the results attained from treatment.
Monitoring your teeth's progress
At the end of the first phase of treatment, the teeth are not in their final positions. This will be accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be helpful to enhance the eruption of the adult teeth during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.
Phase — Two
Stay healthy and look attractive
The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Phase two usually involves full upper and lower braces.
At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase, to correct and realign the teeth and jaws. The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.