Two-Phase Treatment

Why Does My Child Need Two Phases of Braces?
Posted on 06/15/2018
At Lakewood Dental Arts, we're proud to help patients of all ages throughout Lakewood, CA achieve healthier smiles through dental and orthodontic treatment. We're proud to treat patients of all ages, and sometimes the best way to achieve a great smile is to start early with two-phase orthodontic treatment. But if you're a parent, you may be wondering: why does my child need two phases of braces? As your Lakewood orthodontist, we wanted to shed some light on this question. 

What Happens During Phase One Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase one orthodontic treatment usually starts between the ages of 7 and 9, and the goal is largely to set the stage for a great smile. Often, the first phase focuses on influencing jaw growth to improve orthodontic alignment, using palatal expanders to widen the upper jaw and make more room for teeth, or correcting alignment issues like overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Starting this early allows us to make corrections while the bones of the jaw and skull are still flexible and growing, which we can use to shape and influence development. After finishing with phase one, your child will go through a resting period with no treatment before entering phase two. 

What Happens During Phase Two Orthodontic Treatment?

The second phase of orthodontic treatment normally begins around age 11 or 12, and the focus is more on perfecting the smile. During phase two, we'll use braces or Invisalign Teen to straighten the alignment of the teeth and ensure proper bite function. When your child finishes the second phase of treatment, their new smile will last them a lifetime!

Why Would My Child Need Two Phases of Treatment?

Two-phase treatment isn't right for everyone, but it's vitally important for some patients. Two-phase treatment is especially important for orthodontic problems that have to do with jaw alignment and the underlying bone structure of the mouth. Correcting these problems is much easier during childhood, when the bones of the face are still growing and changing. Trying to treat these same issues later in life can be very difficult and require extensive treatments like oral surgery. Two-phase treatment helps prevent this and ensure your child gets a new smile as conveniently as possible. 

Contact Your Lakewood, CA Orthodontist

While it's not right for everyone, two-phase treatment is a powerful option for creating a gorgeous smile conveniently. And if you have more questions about two-phase treatment or think it might be right for your child, we'd love to help! Request an appointment online to schedule a consultation at our office for your child. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!