Phases of Treatment

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Why are 2 phases of treatment necessary?

A two phase treatment approach encompasses tooth straightening as well as facial growth. The result is an ideal healthy, functional and aesthetic result that remains stable for a lifetime.

First Phase Treatment

Building a foundation for a beautiful smile
First phase treatment can help to address jaw size in order to accommodate all of the permanent teeth and relate the upper and lower jaws to each other. As children grow and develop, they may exhibit early signs of discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws.

What is the disadvantage to delaying treatment?
Failure to initiate first phase treatment could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to achieve an ideal result with braces alone and cause existing teeth to become impacted or severely displaced. Having Phase 1 treatment can prevent the need for removal of permanent teeth and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaws.

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To finalize diagnosis and a treatment plan, orthodontic records will be taken which consist of models of the teeth, x-rays and photographs. An iTero digital scan of the teeth may also be included depending on the proposed treatment options as described by the doctor.
Early planning can save your smile later!

Observation Period
An observation period usually follows first phase treatment and allows for eruption of the remaining permanent teeth. During observation, selective removal of certain baby teeth may be recommended to enhance eruption. To monitor the need for tooth removal, periodic observations appointments are scheduled on a 6 month basis. All observation appointments are complimentary.

Second Phase Treatment

Although first phase treatment assists with jaw growth and tooth eruption, not all permanent teeth will erupt and fit into the ideal position. The second phase of treatment is to ensure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth that is in harmony with the cheek, lips, tongue and other teeth.