Two-phase orthodontic treatment combines tooth straightening with physical, facial changes—resulting in improved functional and aesthetic stability throughout your child’s life.
Delaying treatment can cause more invasive care later in your child’s life. Early treatment is typically most effective in accomplishing lasting results for their smile.
Phase One treatment occurs during early jaw development, helping accommodate for permanent teeth while improving the fit between the upper and lower jaws. As children grow, warning signs of jaw problems can be seen by a professional. Ries Orthodontics has years a of experience in recognizing these warning signs.
The benefits of early-phase treatment include the prevention of the removal of permanent teeth later in life and surgical treatments to realign the upper and lower jaws.
At your child’s first visit with Ries Orthodontics our staff will determine if treatment is necessary. If so, initial visits typically consist of molds of teeth, X-rays, and photographs.
During the resting stage, permanent teeth are left undisturbed as they erupt. A clear eruption path indicates success during the first phase. Without this early first phase treatment, teeth could possibly remain impacted or severely displaced.
The removal of primary teeth may be required during the resting phase to facilitate eruption. To determine if this step will be necessary, patients typically need to be seen at six-month intervals for observation.
During the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made. The goal of the second phase is to ensure all remaining teeth have space and will function properly together. Phase Two starts when all permanent teeth erupt. At this time, braces are typically recommended. Soon this process will result in a beautiful smile for your child.