What is two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized orthodontic process combines straightening the teeth as well as assisting the physical growth of the jaw and bite problems, if any. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to prevent any abnormalities and to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain for a life time.
The goal of Phase-One treatment is to help the jaw develop properly to accommodate all the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often show early signs of jaw problems as they develop. Abnormal growth in the upper jaw can be recognized at an early age.
Children over the age of six with abnormal jaw growth, are candidates for orthodontic treatment. If children show signs of crowded front teeth, early treatment can avoid the need to extract permanent teeth later.
Prevention now can save your child’s smile for a life time
Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws.
Treatment that is tailored for your child
Orthodontic records will be necessary to determine the type of appliances that will be used for your child, the duration of treatment, as well as the frequency of office visits. Records consist of models of the teeth, X-rays, and photographs. During the initial consultation, Dr. Hessamfar will take x-rays to determine if early treatment is necessary.
In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth freedom for movement.
A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to erupt. This will avoid impacted and displaced teeth.
Monitoring the progress of your child’s teeth
Removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be necessary during the resting phase. Teeth are not in their final position, therefore periodic appointments with Dr. Hessamfar for observation will be necessary. Generally appointments will be on a six-month basis.
Phase two usually involves braces on both upper and lower teeth. The goal is to get each tooth in the exact location in the mouth where it is in conformity with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth.
The second phase begins after all the permanent teeth have erupted. Based on the severity of the problem, generally braces will remain on all teeth for an average of 12 to 24 months. Retainers are worn after braces comes off to ensure a beautiful smile for a life time.