Two-phase orthodontic treatment is designed to help children receive complete orthodontic care and is recommended when children need early treatment as well as later treatment. With two-phase treatment, we can often prevent severe problems from developing and help your child avoid more extensive and potentially less effective treatment options in the future.
Phase One, or early, treatment usually begins around the ages of 7 or 8 following an initial orthodontic evaluation. It is designed to help the jaw develop properly to accommodate all the teeth and ensure a proper bite. Phase One treatment should also help your child avoid the need for tooth extractions and other invasive procedures.
Phase Two treatment is the more “traditional” orthodontic treatment that occurs during adolescence and is typically when patients will wear braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic treatment options. Our orthodontist will evaluate your child’s teeth and mouth and discuss their options for straightening their teeth. A retainer will be provided after Phase Two treatment is complete.