Two-phase treatment involves two different periods of treatment, preparing younger patients for a simple and effective braces treatment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics use two-phase orthodontics to help patients in the Florida area achieve a beautiful smile. We welcome patients from Kendall, Hialeah, Miami Springs, and the neighboring areas.
What is Two-Phase Orthodontics?
Two-phase orthodontics is a treatment strategy that encourages proper jaw and tooth growth at a young age to ensure smooth and effective orthodontic treatment in the future. The first phase is typically focused on the alignment of the jaw and correcting any major positioning issues with the teeth. This makes phase two treatment, which typically consists of braces, a much simpler treatment process.
What is the Benefit of Two-Phase Orthodontics?
Two-phase orthodontics is intended to eliminate any major developmental issues in the jaw and teeth before they require extensive treatment. If a child’s jaw or teeth develop poorly and are left untreated, they will require significantly more treatment to produce a straight, healthy smile. Two-phase treatments can eliminate the need for surgery and other major procedures that would otherwise be needed down the line.
What Happens During Phase One Treatment?
During phase one, our priority is ensuring that the jaws grow so that they are aligned and fit together properly. This phase also allows us to make sure that the permanent teeth have the appropriate space to erupt and develop correctly. Phase one treatments can prevent severe overbites, underbites, and other jaw discrepancies. They can also prevent the need for tooth extractions, which are often necessary when teeth develop crowded together.
How Long is Phase One Treatment?
The length of the phase one treatment will vary depending on the severity of the issues being treated. Most patients complete their phase one treatments in approximately nine to 18 months. After the phase one treatment, there is a resting period, during which time there is no active orthodontic treatment. This period allows the permanent teeth to erupt and develop. When phase one treatment is successful, these teeth should develop without any significant displacement issues.
What Happens During Phase Two Treatment?
With the jaws properly aligned and the teeth in an appropriate location, phase two treatment focuses on bringing the teeth into the ideal alignment and position. This typically involves braces which are worn for an average of 24 months. After this time, the patient can enjoy their straight, beautiful smile. We provide our patients with a retainer after their braces treatment to ensure lasting results.
If you are considering two-phase orthodontics for your child, contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics specialize in braces and other orthodontic services to help patients of all ages achieve their best smile. We are proud to serve residents from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the surrounding communities of Florida.