Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses jaw and facial changes and tooth straightening. The major advantages of two-phase treatment are to reduce the risk of trauma to the teeth and to help our young patients who are self conscious or are being ridiculed by their peers about the appearance of their teeth. In some cases interceptive treatment prevents adult tooth extractions or major jaw surgery.
Interceptive orthodontic care is one of the most rewarding treatment options that we offer to our patients. Interceptive care is exactly that, intercepting a problem before it gets out of hand. Treatment occurs at a younger age than conventional orthodontic care and is not typically as long. The idea is to shift teeth, manipulate growth, create space for unerupted teeth, break habits and prevent trauma before it is too late. Children between the ages of 7 and 10 are best suited for this sort of treatment.
Second phase treatment begins once most of the adult teeth have erupted. After the second phase of treatment retainers will be worn in order to hold the teeth in the correct position.