||Two phase treatment is designed to correct misaligned jaws in growing children while using interceptive devices to control dysfunctional habits. Then, at a later date, the permanent teeth are aligned into the corrected jaw structure.
Phase 1: These treatments are directed at correction of skeletal discrepancies in growing children and include providing expansion when dental arches are too narrow (making space for erupting permanent teeth and correctly crossbites), as well as, functional appliances to correct protuded or retruded front teeth. Treatment duration can vary from a few months to more than a year in length, depending on the case severity. Orthodontic braces are typically not needed during phase one but may occasionally be incorporated.
Phase 2: After all permanent teeth have erupted and the skeletal correction has been attained, re-evaluation occurs and if necessary, orthodontic braces are used to align the permanent teeth within the already corrected jaw positions. Phase 1 treatment produces well fitting and aligned jaws, however, often the permanent teeth still erupt rotated, crowded or displaced. Phase 2 treatment corrects these dental discrepancies. Typically, Phase 2 treatment involves fixed braces - either traditional or clear and produces the final placement of the permanent teeth into a well aligned and well proportioned facial structure. Phase 2 is the culmination of a two phase treatment and results in a beautiful, healthy smile.
If you feel that your child may benefit from a two phase treatment, please feel free to contact our office and Dr. Cragg will assess your child's dental situation and if necessary, recommend the appropriate treatment and timing.