Advantages of Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Two-Phase orthodontic treatment is a process that involves Phase I and Phase II treatments. It includes aligning teeth as well as making facial and physical improvements. Two-Phase treatment increases your chance of gaining the most functional and beautiful smile possible.
What happens if you put it off?
If the treatment is delayed until all the adult teeth erupt, there may be future orthodontic complications and it may necessitate the need for future extractions and/or surgery. Therefore, Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian recommend undergoing orthodontic treatments in the early stages of life, if it’s suggested or recommended.
Phase I or Early Treatment
Phase I of a two-phase treatment helps ensure the jaw will develop correctly to support all the permanent teeth. It also includes improving how the lower and upper jaws fit together. Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian evaluate the growth and development of each child in order to determine when the treatment should start. Occurrences such as jaw discrepancies, crossbites, and severe crowding of teeth indicate that the patient may require early treatment. Small issues like minor crowding can be delayed, but more severe problems may require immediate intervention.
Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian may suggest a two-phase treatment only if it is necessary. Most children usually do not require treatment at such an early age, but it’s always wise to get an evaluation. Receiving orthodontic treatment at the right time will help avoid complexities related to more intrusive orthodontic treatment in the future that might require jaw surgery and extractions. Early treatment also helps boost confidence and self-esteem. Children often feel shy, and their confidence may be lacking because of their smile. As a matter of fact, kids frequently get bullied at school because of how their smile looks. This can have a direct influence on their personality development. The easy solution to avoid this problem is opting for early orthodontic treatment to give them that straight smile that they deserve before they go to school.
Orthodontic records play a crucial role in determining the duration of the treatment, the type of appliances and/or braces required, and how many times the patient should visit the orthodontist. Orthodontic records consist of digital scans, x-rays, and photographs. During your child’s initial consultation, Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian will review these records to help determine if early treatment is necessary.
Resting or Retainer Period
The resting time usually happens between the two phases of the two-phase orthodontic treatment. During this period, the remainder of the permanent teeth are left alone to finish erupting. At this time, it is best to allow the existing permanent teeth to be able to move freely to a certain degree so retainers might be used for the entire time between Phase I and Phase II. If the Phase I is successful, it will help create room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path.
One should keep in mind that the patient’s teeth are NOT in their final positions at the end of Phase I of the two-phase orthodontic treatment. Therefore, the patient is required to visit the orthodontist at specified intervals in order to be under close observation for any changes. This will also help determine if any further treatment is required after all the permanent teeth erupt. Please note that some baby teeth may need to be extracted between the two phases in order to ensure proper eruption of the remaining permanent teeth.
Phase II Treatment
The primary goal of the second phase is to ensure that each tooth is placed in the correct position within the mouth in conformity with the cheeks, tongue, lips and other parts of the face and mouth. If this is done accurately, the teeth will also function correctly.
The second phase usually requires braces on all the teeth and is started once all the permanent teeth have emerged. Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian highly recommend wearing retainers after phase II in order to maintain that hard-earned, straight, and beautiful smile. The total treatment time depends upon the complexity of the orthodontic issues, the cooperation of the patient, the selected treatment plan, and the pace at which the patient’s teeth respond to the treatment.