Two-phase treatment is a method of realigning teeth with braces that requires two separate phases. Each phase focuses on a different goal.
The first phase is about aligning the skeletal or orofacial structure before the permanent teeth grow in. The orthodontist will take x-rays and photos of the teeth and jaw to determine whether this early orthodontic treatment is necessary first. If the jaw or bite is incorrectly aligned, this may lead to more serious issues later on that are difficult and costly to correct. Treating these problems when the teeth are still developing is much easier. Baby teeth may be extracted to make room for adult teeth to grow in properly and prevent overcrowding or a retainer may be used to keep straighten out the bite.
The second phase focuses on correcting the teeth for a straighter smile. Whether or not two-phase treatment is necessary will depend on each patient’s situation, but it may require a longer process than traditional braces. The time between each phase is also contingent on every unique circumstance. Let our Encino orthodontists know if you think you need two-phase treatment for yourself or your child and they can help assess whether it would be beneficial.