What does a Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment do?
Offered by our Houston orthodontics office, Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment is the ideal process for healthy and straight teeth giving you a beautiful smile that you always wanted. This specialized process combines two major steps – tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. With a two-phase treatment, you can enjoy an ideal healthy, functional and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
What are the risks if I don’t get the treatment?
If you do not consider two-phase treatment today, then chances are that you would need a more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your smile. So if you want lasting and effective results, it is wiser to opt for an early treatment right away!
Phase – One
Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles
The first phase aims at the proper development of the jaw so that all the permanent teeth are accommodated well and both the upper and lower jaws fit together. It is common to notice jaw problems such as over-growth of upper jaw or a jaw that is too narrow, at an an early age. You can give your child (over six years of age) an early orthodontic treatment at our Houston office when you notice such jaw problems. Moreover, your child can save on his/her permanent teeth later on if you seek treatment for crowded front teeth at that age.
- Save your child’s brilliant smile by planning today
An early Orthodontic Treatment can save your children from the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign their jaws.
Orthodontic Records go a long way
During your child’s initial consultation, our dentist will make records for the treatments required and include the following in the records – type of appliances to be used, duration of treatment time, frequency of visits, models of the teeth, X-rays and photographs.
During the observation phase, the remaining permanent teeth are given room to grow. We do not recommend any retaining devices during this time that may hinder with teeth growth. A successful first phase is, therefore, essential to create space for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Your permanent teeth could have been severely impacted or displaced if this wasn’t the case.
Monitoring your teeth’s progress
Your doctor will call you every three months during this phase to see how your permanent teeth are growing up. Your teeth will not be in their final positions at the end of the first phase of treatment. This might also require the need to remove certain primary (baby) teeth in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this Observation period.
Phase — Two
Stay healthy and look attractive
In the second phase of your orthodontic treatment, the exact location of each teeth in your mouth is assessed with respect to the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. A harmony is created so that the teeth will function together properly.
The second phase begins once all the permanent teeth have erupted. It involves installation of full upper and lower braces on all the teeth for an average of 18 – 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.