Who is a candidate for Two-Phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is often indicated in children who have jaw size discrepancies along with alignment/eruption issues concerning their permanent teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for a two-phase treatment modality! Children that have a mild jaw discrepancy/no jaw discrepancy can be treated in one phase when all their permanent teeth erupt. Whatever the case is, bring your little one in to see us; our doctors will be happy to evaluate their needs. Whether they are a candidate for one or two-phase orthodontic treatment, he will formulate a long-term game plan in order help them achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that encompasses both tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The major advantage of two-phased treatment is that it maximizes the opportunity to accomplish a healthy, functional, and esthetic result that can remain stable throughout your life.
What if I put off treatment?
The disadvantage of waiting for permanent teeth to completely erupt and undergoing only one phase of treatment for that, for someone with a jaw discrepancy, they might end up with unstable results.
First Phase Treatment: Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful teeth
The goal of first phase treatment is to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate all the permanent teeth. Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper and lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can be recognized and treated more effectively at an early age. If children who are seven or older are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are ideal candidates for early orthodontic treatment.
Planning now can save your smile later
Because they are growing rapidly, children can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment utilizes appliances that direct the growth relationship of the upper and lower jaws. This service helps establish a good foundation, providing adequate room for the eruption of all permanent teeth. It should also prevent any later removal of permanent teeth in order to correct overcrowding. Leaving this condition untreated until all permanent teeth erupt could result in a jaw discrepancy that’s too severe for traditional braces to correct.
Taking records to determine your unique treatment
We’ll need to take orthodontic records in order to determine several crucial factors of your treatment, including the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of models of the teeth, x-rays, and photographs.
Phase I active treatment period
After a careful review of the orthodontic records, a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan will be formulated. Each orthodontic problem is unique and requires different types of appliances to be corrected. The duration of active treatment during this phase ranges from 3–16 months.
During this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are allowed to erupt. Removable retainers are not usually recommended since they can interfere with this process. Some exceptions do exist; our doctors will be sure to let you know if they apply to your child. If braces were used to straighten your child’s front teeth during the first phase, then we recommend a bonded retainer that can hold your child’s alignment during the resting phase. In most cases, it’s best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement while the final eruption of the teeth occurs. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.
Monitoring your teeth’s progress
At the end of the first phase of treatment, The teeth will not yet be in their final positions. Instead, this will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment. The selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth could help enhance the eruption process during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.
Second Phase Treatment: 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. Second phase treatment usually requires braces on all of the teeth for an average of 18-24 months, and retainers are worn after this phase to ensure that the changes are retained.