Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment: What Should Kids And Teens Expect?
Early Orthodontic Care: What Is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
Two-phase corrective procedures start at a young age since children’s tissues are more responsive to change than adults. Experts recommend two-phase orthodontics for children and teens who experience the following dental issues:
- Severe Crowding
- Severe malocclusion
- Anatomical deformities
By getting orthodontic treatment early on, you can prevent more serious dental problems from emerging in adolescence and adulthood. Take your kids to Dugas Dental & Carr Orthodontics for safe and comfortable two-phase treatment!
Phase One vs Phase Two Orthodontics
While some children have no problem naturally growing their permanent teeth, some cases call for orthodontic intervention split into two phases. An orthodontic specialist can determine what your child needs through a dental examination.
Two-phase orthodontics involves gradually adjusting teeth through braces, retainers, or other types of dental aligners. With the correct treatment, children can grow into their adult teeth without experiencing discomfort, overcrowding, or a misaligned bite.
During phase one, we prioritize fixing bite issues, facial asymmetry, and other functional problems. This phase is ideal for children between the ages of 7 to 9 years old.
At this stage, an orthodontist will create enough space for the growth and eruption of your child’s new permanent teeth. If early intervention is needed, expanders or braces may also be recommended.
Phase one orthodontic treatment requires regular check-ups every 6 to 8 weeks. This allows orthodontists to monitor how well the jaw and mouth are responding to the orthodontic appliances.
After the goals of phase one treatment are achieved, kids will wear a retainer at night to maintain the orthodontic correction. Phase two of orthodontics begins after a few years or once their adult teeth have grown in.
Most children start phase two orthodontics between the ages of 11 to 13. During phase two, children’s permanent teeth are adjusted using oral appliances. Phase two orthodontic treatment requires regular check-ups every 6 to 8 weeks. Patients will have to use braces for 18 to 24 months or until they achieve their desired results. After completing the active treatment, they’ll be required to wear custom retainers to make sure their teeth have fully adjusted to their new alignment.
Can Some Children Skip Phase One Or Are Both Phases Mandatory?
Not every child needs to go through two phases of orthodontic treatment, but almost 99% of phase one patients will eventually have to transition into phase two. Children who require two phases of treatment usually have dental issues that are time sensitive or severe enough that they are best addressed prior to the growth and eruption of all of the permanent teeth.
Improve Your Child’s Dental Health At Dugas Dental & Carr Orthodontics
For compassionate and child-friendly orthodontic care, Dugas Dental & Carr has you covered! Set an appointment with us today to ask about our two-phase orthodontic treatment for your kids.