Two-Phase Orthodontics

Two-Phase OrthodonticsPhase I

Two-phase orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for certain patients when trying to manipulate growth in the mouth and jaws early in age. During the initial first phase of treatment, patients may have a palatal expander with partial braces on the upper and lower teeth. The first phase of treatment is done early in age when the child is still growing, which gives the doctor flexibility in establishing an ideal pattern of growth during adolescent years. This phase typically lasts 8-12 months.

Phase II

Most patients begin phase-two treatment following a 1-2 year observation period. During the observation period, patients are gaining all of their permanent teeth, including the 12-year molars. Phase-two treatment finalizes the alignment of the permanent teeth and establishes an ideal bite relationship between the two jaws. Phase-two treatment is typically shorter than comprehensive treatment; and for those patients in which two-phase treatment is recommended, breaking it into two periods of time allows for an easier and more fluid treatment plan than a comprehensive treatment could yield. It also prevents patients from spending 5+ years in braces, which is not only uncomfortable for the patient, but also unhealthy for the teeth and gums.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic evaluation around age 7. If you think your child can benefit from a consultation, contact our office to schedule an appointment. If two-phase treatment is not recommended, we will continue to monitor your child’s growth during an observation period until he or she is ready for treatment.

Twaddle Orthodontics

  • Twaddle Orthodontics - 4600 Executive Dr., Columbia, MO 65203 Phone: 573-234-2774 Fax: 573-234-1028
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  • Osage Beach Location - 6257 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065 Phone: 573-348-3127

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