Two Phase Treatment
What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
What if I put off treatment?
Putting off early treatment may result in much more difficult treatment later on in life, including more invasive treatment and increased possibility of a compromised result.
First Phase Treatment: Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful teeth
Planning now can save your smile later
Making records to determine your unique treatment
Orthodontic records will be necessary to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of digital models, x-rays, and photographs.
Following the first phase of treatment, patients are often placed in a resting phase, when the remaining permanent teeth are allowed to erupt. Retainers are sometimes used during this resting phase of treatment. During this time the patient’s growth and development is monitored closely, until it is determined if and when a second phase of orthodontic treatment is necessary.
Monitoring your teeth’s progress
In other words, at the end of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six to twelve month basis.