What is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
When a child exhibits issues that could have a negative effect on the growth and development of their teeth and jaws, sometimes, two-phase treatment is indicated. Two-phase treatment is a term that refers to a combined process of facial alterations and tooth straightening. It’s used in cases where more severe problems are presenting themselves but haven’t been fully realized yet. The goal is to avoid invasive treatment later in life and it’s started when a child is still growing, which is why it’s only available to kids. Our family-friendly, bright offices are designed with patient comfort in mind. We make little ones and parents feel relaxed, at ease and informed every step of the way. To find out if your child is a candidate for two-phase orthodontic treatment in Bellaire or Houston, book a complimentary consultation with us online or by calling our office at (713) 667-6000 (Bellaire) or (281) 752-4222 (West Houston).
The first phase of treatment focuses on encouraging the proper development of the jaw to make sure all permanent teeth can fit and that the two jaws align correctly. We can achieve this with different appliances. When the first phase is complete, the patient will enter the observation phase. This is an in-between phase where we monitor your child’s progress and let the remaining permanent teeth come in.
During the second phase of treatment, the exact location of each tooth is assessed both individually and in terms of its position in relation to other parts of the mouth. This can only be done after all of the permanent teeth are in, usually when the patient is a teenager. We use braces or Invisalign® Teen in the second phase to straighten teeth and finish perfecting your child’s smile. This phase generally lasts about 18 to 24 months.