As the name implies, two-phase orthodontic treatment consists of two stages of treatment. Our orthodontist recommends that both of these stages be implemented as soon as possible, as putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatments later, which may not be as effective as the original two-phase treatment would have been.
Phase One treatment is designed to help your jaw develop properly so as to accommodate all of your permanent teeth. Children often exhibit signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop, so it is important to give careful attention and care during this early stage in order to prevent future problems. Our dentists can provide treatments that will allow your child’s jaws and teeth to develop correctly, avoiding the need for tooth extractions and more complex surgical procedures later on. During an initial evaluation, we will determine if early treatment is needed, and if so, when it should begin.
Before the second phase begins, there is a resting period. During this phase, teeth are left to develop on their own, as a successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to emerge without issues. Our dentists will monitor the progress of your teeth during this period to ensure that everything develops correctly.
During Phase Two, our orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and jaws and provide treatments necessary to ensure that each tooth in your mouth is in harmony with your lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth, and that your jaws are properly aligned. Phase Two typically involves wearing full upper and lower braces for an average of 24 months. Retainers are also used following this phase to ensure that your beautiful, new smile does not alter.
If you have any questions about two-phase orthodontics in Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona, we welcome you to contact New Image Dentistry & Orthodontics at 623-825-9445 to speak with a member of our team and make your appointment with Dr. Daniel J. Cloward.