Two-Phase Treatment

Early Treatment and Growth Monitoring

Set your little one up for a lifetime of smiles

Two Phase Treatment

Not every child needs 2 phases of orthodontic treatment, but it is important to get an evaluation at the age of 7 by an orthodontist. Here is why: 

  • Orthodontists can spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present. Some of these problems only an orthodontist can detect, often missed by pediatric and general dentist. 
  • Early treatment can prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and much less complicated
  • In some cases, at a younger age, the orthodontist can achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing, which is usually around once all permanent teeth have erupted. 


Early Treatment or Phase 1 treatment 

Done in the mixed dentition (baby and permanent teeth in the mouth) usually between the ages of 7-10.  Early treatment can give the orthodontist the chance to: 

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits that can affect jaw growth
  • Improve appearance
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Improve the way lips meet
  • Improve airway


Phase 2 or Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Done once all permanent teeth have erupted in the mouth usually around the ages of 11-12. The goal of this phase of treatment is to idealize the alignment and leveling of the permanent teeth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and opposing teeth. This results in optimal smile esthetics and function of the bite.

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