What is two phase treatment?

Two phase treatment is an orthodontic treatment approach that begins with early treatment (phase 1), which is performed during early childhood and sets the foundation for a beautiful, healthy smile. Then, once all of the baby teeth have fallen out and new teeth are coming in, your orthodontist performs a second treatment process, known as phase two. During this half of treatment, your orthodontist monitors the teeth and performs treatments as needed. At Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics, we have the training and skills needed to address the unique needs of children. We work as your dental partners every step of your child’s growth to ensure healthy teeth, gums, and general oral health throughout childhood and for the course of their lives.

How can I tell whether my child needs two phase treatment?

Two phase treatment can help address the following orthodontic concerns that need advanced and early treatments:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

If you or your child’s dentist notice any of the above listed oral problems, contact our experts at Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics in Texas. Together, we can determine the best treatment option for your child.

What does two phase surgery involve at Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics?

Early Treatment Phase / Phase One

During phase one of the treatment process, which usually begins around age eight or nine, our goal is to fix any bite problems and jaw growth problems. We also work to ensure that teeth have enough room to come in and fit in the mouth correctly. Some of the common things we do during phase one include:

  • Adjust the width of the upper or lower jaw
  • Extract teeth as needed
  • Monitor newly grown teeth
  • Treat early signs of jaw problems

Often, using early orthodontic treatment during two phase treatment can help minimize orthodontic issues later and make treatments easier in the future. Sometimes, problems will worsen over time and become more complicated to address if they’re left untreated during childhood.

Maintenance Phase

A period called the maintenance phase occurs between phase one and phase two of the two phase treatment. This is the time period during which your orthodontist will monitor your teeth after your first phase treatment and before you are able to undergo phase two. This phase is meant to keep an eye on any changes in the mouth structure to prepare for phase two treatment.

Phase Two

During phase two of the two phase treatment, your orthodontist can finalize the alignment of your child’s teeth. This portion of the treatment occurs once all of the child’s teeth have completely grown in, usually after age eleven. The goal of phase two is to ensure that all of the different parts of your mouth, including the teeth, gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, etc., are all in harmony and function properly together. Your orthodontist may use other treatments during this phase to ensure that your child has a healthy, long-lasting smile. Retainers are usually used after phase two to help retain your new, beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of undergoing two phase treatment?

Choosing to undergo two phase treatment can help your child in the following ways:

  • Helps teeth naturally come into an aligned position
  • Your child’s teeth have a higher likelihood of staying straight and healthy for a long time
  • Maintains a healthy jaw joint (TMJ)
  • Prevents tooth wear and decay
  • Helps avoid more costly and extensive orthodontic repair later in life

To learn more about two phase treatment, contact Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics in Richardson and Dallas, Texas. We provide comprehensive orthodontic treatment options to ensure that all your needs are met. Our greatest goal is to help you get the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Our practice works with you every step of the way, beginning with a complimentary consultation. To schedule your orthodontic consultation, give us a call at 972-680-9882 or fill out the form on this page anytime.