Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
In some cases, children may develop jaw problems as they grow. If children in their elementary years have a jaw discrepancy, Phase I is highly recommended.
Because they grow rapidly, children benefit greatly from Phase I. Phase I accomplishes two critical goals: it uses appliances that affect the growth relationship of the upper and lower jaws, forming a solid foundation, and provides the required space for all incoming permanent teeth. This is most important because failure to treat some conditions before the arrival of permanent teeth could result in difficult or even surgical problems down the road.
After Phase I comes the resting period. Resting periods can range anywhere from six months to four years, depending on the circumstances of the patient. During this period, the remaining permanent teeth are provided sufficient space to grow.
In Phase II, the goal is to align each tooth in its exact position, harmonizing them with your lips, cheeks, tongue and other teeth. When completed, this will enable your teeth to function together properly.
Phase II typically lasts 12-24 months. After braces, retainers should be worn to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.