An orthodontist may recommend the two-phase orthodontic treatment if they find severe malocclusion, or misalignment, problems with your child’s teeth. Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics in Arizona, uses this procedure to straighten the teeth and adjust the overall structure of the jaw. These adjustments help improve the quality of the smile, making it more healthy, functional, and aesthetically appealing to adulthood. Learn more during a visit to one of our five locations in Arizona!
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment Is Specialized
The two-phase orthodontic treatment combines tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. This treatment develops a healthier, more functional, and aesthetically appealing smile that will remain stable throughout the patient’s life. There are two phases to this treatment: phase one and phase two.
If you want to avoid complicated and costly surgery in adulthood, complete this phase in childhood at around the age of 7. The orthodontist can take full advantage of the changing skeletal structure that occurs during childhood, making it easier to shape the jaw and align the teeth.
The main aim of this phase is to ensure that the upper and lower jawbone fit together correctly. If the upper jaw is too narrow or the lower jaw grows too quickly, severe bite problems can develop. During your initial consultation, one of our orthodontists will determine whether your child will need to have braces, palatal expanders, or headgear during this phase of the treatment.
If your child has completed phase one of the two-phase orthodontic treatment and has reached the age of 12 or 13, when their permanent teeth have fully erupted, phase two can begin. The main aim in this phase is to align the teeth, which one of our orthodontists will achieve with braces. The time your child will need to wear the braces will vary by their unique teeth and bite.
After your child develops a straighter and healthier smile, the braces can be taken off and replaced with a retainer that they can insert and remove as directed. The patient wears the retainer according to the guidelines given by our orthodontists. Some patients may need to wear the retainer daily, removing it only while eating or brushing their teeth. Other patients may only need to wear a retainer at night while they sleep.
Who Can Receive the Treatment?
It is best to receive two-phase orthodontic treatment between the ages of 7 and 13 because the skeletal structure is still developing, and it makes the treatment process more comfortable and less costly with better results.
However, older patients may receive treatment. They may need surgery or palatal expanders, and the process could take longer than it would with children and adolescents because the adult body is no longer developing. A consultation with either of our orthodontists can help determine which treatment method may be best for you.
Consult With a Professional Today!
Do you want to learn more about the two-phase orthodontic treatment and whether it is right for you? The specialists at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals for a smile that is healthy, beautiful, and functional. Contact us and schedule your consultation today! Drs. Rollins and Petersen proudly serve Arizona with locations in Chandler, Gilbert, Globe, Mesa, and Queen Creek.