For some children, a two-phase treatment plan allows an orthodontist to adjust a child’s jaw, creating sufficient space for permanent teeth. Phase one occurs during the child’s dental development and physical growth stage. During this period, attention is focused on setting the stage for the permanent teeth. By making certain adjustments early on, an orthodontist is able to mitigate the potential of tooth crowding or misalignment as the permanent teeth erupt. While two-phase treatment is not recommended for all children, Columbia Town Center Orthodontics offers this program in Columbia, MD when needed. In this treatment option, the first phase of treatment occurs when a child still has some of their baby teeth. The second phase happens after the child’s permanent teeth are in place. In phase two the Orthodontist will focus on moving the permanent teeth into their final position while making any other minor adjustments.
Contact Columbia Town Center Orthodontics at 410.873.9242 to schedule a consultation and find out if two-phase treatment is right for your child.
What Is Two-Phase Treatment?
While many children begin kids’ orthodontic treatment once their permanent teeth have all come in, your child’s dentist may recommend early intervention before reaching this point. Some problems are easier to correct when they are found and treated early. This treatment takes advantage of the stages of dental development. Early treatment creates a healthy environment for permanent teeth and contributes to long-term stability.
In phase one, your orthodontist will use specialized retainers, expanders, or other appliances to fix issues with your child’s bite or jaw. At the end of phase one, the teeth are not yet in their final position. However, by moving or even removing some baby teeth, the permanent teeth have a better chance of coming in correctly, without the risk of crowding. After phase one, your child will have a “resting period” allowing their teeth to grow in without any intervention.
Phase two treatment includes familiar orthodontic treatments like upper and lower braces. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is moved into its correct position. The length of time this phase takes will depend on the extent of the required adjustments. Your orthodontist will discuss your child’s needs and provide an estimate of how long the phase two treatment might take.
Is two-phase orthodontic treatment right for your child? While each patient is unique and only an orthodontist can determine the right treatment plan, consider the following questions:
- Has your child experienced either early or late loss of their baby teeth?
- Does your child have crowded or misplaced teeth?
- Does your child have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite?
If you can answer “yes” to the above, consider scheduling a consultation at Columbia Town Center Orthodontics today by calling 410.873.9242.
Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment
Without two-phase treatment, your child might require more intensive orthodontic services later on in life. Additionally, two-phase orthodontic treatment can improve the look of your child’s smile before they become self-conscious of their looks. Not only does this treatment promote better oral health by correcting misalignment and bite issues, but it can also straighten teeth and create a more balanced smile. This may help your child avoid feeling self-conscious and boost their confidence.
To care for any appliances like metal braces during these two phases, follow good oral hygiene habits and see your dentist for regular cleanings. Avoid foods like hard candy that could damage the appliances. Your orthodontist will also schedule appointments, approximately every six to eight weeks, to review your child’s progress and make any necessary adjustments.
Contact Columbia Town Center Orthodontics Today
In addition to two-phase treatment, we offer the following orthodontic services for children and adults:
- Invisalign® clear aligners
- Traditional metal braces
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery recommendations
- Dental retainers
If you’re concerned that your child has issues that might require orthodontic attention, contact Columbia Town Center Orthodontics today for a consultation. We can determine the right treatment plan for your child’s unique needs and set them up for good oral health. Contact us by calling 410.873.9242 or by using our secure online form. We’re committed to creating great smiles through quality care.