Why Does My Child Need Two Phases of Orthodontic Treatment?



In most instances, problems that require orthodontic treatment can be handled in one comprehensive treatment. But, there are some exceptions, and our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. wants parents to know why there are instances when a two-phase approach for their child’s treatment is necessary. Keep in mind that we always put our patients first, and they’ll be receiving the highest standard of care and will be kept comfortable during every step of the process.


When we recognize a situation that requires orthodontic treatment long before a child’s adult teeth have all grown in, we may recommend providing treatment at two separate times. This allows us to factor in the stages of growth and dental development your child is experiencing.


Here are a few informative facts about why we use the two-step process:


  • Treatment begins when the child still has some baby teeth. Sometimes we may have to remove some baby teeth to make room for the permanent ones. Braces or another type of fixed or removable appliance may be used.

  • It helps in the development of the jaws so that there’s enough space for the child’s permanent teeth to grow in, and corrects teeth that are sticking out to keep them from getting chipped or knocked out.

  • Moving baby teeth during the first phase isn’t for appearances — it’s to make room for the development of the permanent teeth.

  • There’s a pause between the first and second phase.

  • Phase two commences when most or all of the child’s permanent teeth have grown in.


Naturally, our goals at Orthodontics, Inc. are to ensure the child’s teeth have all grown in correctly, the bite is even and functioning properly, and the child’s smile is something she or he will be proud to show off for years to come! Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.


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