When you think of getting braces for your child, you likely imagine that the process includes getting impressions of your teeth and having the recommended treatment installed in your mouth to start your journey to a straighter smile. However, two-phase treatment is a specialized process that allows for improved changes to your jaw as well as tooth straightening.

Learn more about how this process can maximize the opportunity to achieve a healthy, functional, beautiful smile.

All About Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Phase One

In the first phase of this treatment, your orthodontist works to detect early signs of jaw problems as your child’s mouth develops. These can include things such as:

  • The jaw is too narrow

  • The upper and lower jaw to not fit properly together

  • The upper jaw is growing too much

  • Front teeth are crowding

Since the shape of the jaw affects how teeth are positioned, your orthodontist will make records of what jaw issues are currently occurring. They will then develop a plan and find a way to accommodate all permanent teeth to avoid future extractions.

Phase Two

In this space, your orthodontist works to actively ensure a tooth is in the exact location it should be to allow for perfect harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. This often involves having patients wear braces for an average of two years as well as a retainer to keep those teeth in place once the braces are removed.