1 Phase vs. 2 Phase

One-phase orthodontic treatment entails performing only one round of orthodontics. In general, it is performed when most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted, with the exception of third molars and wisdom teeth, and usually occurs around middle school.

Two-phase orthodontic treatment entails splitting up the treatment into two rounds, leading to the separation of Phase 1 and Phase 2. It is a process that allows for treatment of specialized problems during optimal development stages. The teeth and mouth develop at various stages, and each phase is a customized effort that directly focuses on a child’s teeth at the most effective phase.The purpose is to maximize the opportunity to direct the jaw’s growth to accomplish a healthy, functional, and aesthetic result in a shorter amount of time.

Phase 1 is performed and completed at an earlier age, followed by a period of monitoring where the orthodontist evaluates jaw growth, facial development, and tooth eruption. At a later date, when Phase 1 has been completed and the orthodontist has approved additional action, Phase 2 will begin. The benefits of two-phase treatment include early interception and prevention of major problems, which is why Phase 1 has commonly been called “Interceptive” or “Preventative” treatment.

Not all children require two-phase treatment, but those who can benefit from it will receive various advantages during the dental treatment process. If Phase 1 can begin at an earlier stage, putting off treatment can result in the need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix malocclusions or flaws in the smile. Early treatment is the most effective means of achieving lasting results!

First Impression Orthodontics is happy to help determine which treatment method is right for your child. Call our office to make an appointment today; earlier treatment may be the key to a brighter smile much earlier than expected.