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Phase 1 and Phase 2 orthodontic treatments are two separate stages of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan. Not all patients require both phases of treatment, but for some patients, it may be necessary to achieve the desired orthodontic result.
Phase 1 treatment, also known as early interceptive treatment, typically begins between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, while the child still has a mix of baby and permanent teeth. The goal of phase 1 treatment is to address specific orthodontic problems while the child is still growing, and to help create a better environment for the permanent teeth to erupt. Common treatments during this phase may include the use of braces, space maintainers, expanders, or other appliances. Phase 1 treatment usually lasts for 12-18 months, after which the child will wear a retainer to maintain the progress made during this phase.
Phase 2 treatment, also known as comprehensive treatment, begins once all of the permanent teeth have erupted, typically around age 12 or older. The goal of phase 2 treatment is to finalize the tooth and bite alignment, and to ensure that the teeth are functioning properly. Common treatments during this phase may include the use of braces or clear aligners, and the length of treatment can range from 12 to 24 months depending on the complexity of the case. After phase 2 treatment is complete, the patient will wear a retainer to maintain their new smile.
Our goal is to help every patient experience the benefits of good oral health and a beautiful smile. We value the trust you have placed in our office and strive to provide solutions that meet your dental needs and expectations of care.