Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a proactive measure to get ahead of developing problems before they get worse. As the twig is bent, the tree is inclined, as they say. You do not need to wait until the problem is as bad as it will get before intervening.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment combines tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your child's life.
At Hanover Orthodontics, we believe that every eight-year-old deserves a beautiful smile. In some cases, two-phase treatment can offer better results sooner, including more comfortable chewing, more pleasing facial proportions, and fewer extractions.
The goal of Phase 1 treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age. If children over the age of six are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if children around the age of eight have crowded front teeth, early treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later.
Patients are examined regularly after Phase 1 to see how the teeth erupt after space has been created and what remains to be completed to obtain an excellent result. A passive space-control appliance holds the space gained and guides the remaining teeth into position. Your child will need to visit our Hanover orthodontic office every six months for growth and development checkups during the resting period.
Phase 2 occurs when all the permanent teeth have erupted. It is the best time to build on the success of Phase I and get the optimum result. The teeth move more easily, and your child may have the choice of Invisalign® Teen clear aligners instead of braces.
Choosing two-phase orthodontic treatment at Hanover Orthodontics is choosing to take a proactive approach to your child’s long-term health and wellbeing. Dr. Neely and our team have the best specialty training, excellent aesthetic judgement, and decades of clinical experience, so you can rest assured that your child’s smile is in great hands.