Two-phase treatment is a form of treatment used on young children who present with significant orthodontic abnormalities. Through this treatment, tooth alignment and facial balance can be corrected. The idea behind it is to begin treating children when they are young enough that there is still significant growing left to come, and the doctor can harness this growth to correct problems without resorting to surgery or tooth extraction.
Is this truly necessary? In most cases, it is not—but if Dr. Hughes suggests it, we promise that it is. Ultimately, early treatment is much better than invasive measures. Let’s take a look at the two phases.
Phase one of treatment focuses on guiding the growth of the jaw. The goal is to help it shape itself to accommodate all permanent teeth and get the two jaws to align correctly. Various appliances can be used, with braces and palatal expanders being the most common.
Once phase one is complete, the patient moves into the resting period. During this phase, retainers may or may not be worn. However, no other devices can be used. Instead, the teeth are left alone as more permanent teeth erupt. The teeth will be monitored throughout this time, usually about every six months.
With phase two treatment, the goal is to get all the teeth into their ideal locations, ensuring that facial balance is perfected. In general, only braces are needed during this treatment phase. This phase only starts when all permanent teeth has erupted, save for the wisdom teeth. On average, it lasts 24 months, after which retainers are worn.
Does your child need two-phase treatment? Only a doctor can determine that. Schedule your appointment with us today.