Two Phased Treatment An Overview
Early orthodontic intervention and treatment are appropriate when patients have primary (baby) teeth as well as permanent teeth. Dr. Hendrix will determine the appropriate timing of orthodontic treatment based on your child’s specific needs.
Early visits to the orthodontist can allow for two-phase treatment plans. Two-phase treatment can help to correct your child’s bite before it fully develops preventing secondary speech development or other dental concerns. The two-phase treatment utilizes less invasive orthodontic appliances and can often accelerate orthodontic treatment later on in life.
Some signs or habits that may indicate the need for an early orthodontic examination include:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Injury-prone upper incisors (front teeth) that protrude (stick out) excessively
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Missing, misplaced, or blocked out teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that bite abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that appear out of proportion to the rest of the face
By age seven, the permanent first molars and incisors have usually come in, and enough jaw growth has occurred that Dr. Hendrix will be able to identify any current problems, anticipate future problems, and alleviate parents’ concerns if all seems normal. If your child has not seen an orthodontist by age seven, don’t worry. Dr. Hendrix will still be able to detect and evaluate any existing problems, determine what type of treatment, if any, is recommended, and advise you of the best time to start treatment regardless of age.
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Two Phased Treatment What to Expect
Understanding Phased Treatment
- Phase I: also known as “interceptive treatment” or “early treatment,” may begin while primary (baby) teeth are still present. This treatment corrects potentially harmful conditions or makes dental adjustments that are best accomplished while the patient is still growing. Phase I treatment usually does not eliminate the need for later treatment of your permanent teeth with full braces, but may mean future treatment goes more quickly.
- Phase II: also referred to as “definitive treatment,” is the period of treatment when full braces are used to adjust the position of permanent teeth to develop a proper bite and achieve the best aesthetic result. This phase can start before or after the loss of all primary (baby) teeth and is usually necessary after Phase I interceptive treatment.
What are the benefits of early treatment?
For those patients who have clear indications for early orthodontic intervention, Phase I, also known as “interceptive treatment” or “early treatment,” presents an opportunity for Dr. Hendrix to:
- Improve the child’s personal appearance and self-esteem
- Decrease the risk of trauma (accidents) to the upper incisors (front teeth) if they protrude (stick out) excessively
- Guide incoming permanent teeth into more desirable positions
- Correct the results of harmful oral habits such as thumb or finger-sucking
- Guide the growth of the upper and lower jawbone
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches (the arch-shaped jaw bone that supports the upper and lower teeth)
- Potentially simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later orthodontics
- Reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth (teeth that should have come in, but have not)
- Preserve or gain space for permanent teeth that are coming in