Two-phase treatment is a form of orthodontic care used with children who present with significant orthodontic abnormalities. Also called early treatment or early intervention, it involves two separate phases of treatment with braces: once as a child and once as a young teen. For patients who can benefit from it, two-phase treatment is lifechanging.
Why Two-Phase Treatment Matters
This form of treatment is never recommended in cases where a child could wait for treatment until they are a teen and correct their orthodontic problems with appliances alone. When we suggest two-phase treatment for a child, it is because without it, they will need painful and invasive treatments later in life, such as jaw surgery or tooth extraction. This form of treatment is vital to the health and comfort of the children who need it.
- Phase one starts around age nine. Braces are placed on the lower and upper teeth and worn for about one year, using jaw growth to correct major issues.
- After the braces come off, there is a resting phase where the child is monitored but no treatment is given.
- Phase two starts around age 12. Once again, braces are used, being worn for about two years, but perhaps longer.
- Once this is complete, the retention phase starts. This involves retainers to keep the teeth in place and goes on for a minimum of two years, but may last for life.
If your child has turned seven and has yet to see an orthodontist, now is the time. Schedule your appointment with us.
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