Two-Phase Treatment

What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your child’s life.

What if treatment is put off?

Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your son or daughter’s smile. Early treatment is most effective for achieving lasting results.

Phase One

A Foundation for a Lifetime of Beautiful Smiles

The goal of Phase One treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age.

If children over the age of six are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if they have crowded teeth around the age of eight, early treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later.

  • Planning now can save your child’s smile later

    Children benefit tremendously from early-phase treatment. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws.

  • Making records to determine your child’s unique treatment

    Orthodontic records will be necessary to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of models of the teeth, X-rays, and photographs. During your little one’s initial consultation, Dr. Sanborn will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary.

Resting Period

In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they would interfere with eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.

  • Monitoring the teeth’s progress

    At the end of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.

Phase Two

Stay healthy and look attractive

The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Phase Two usually involves full upper and lower braces.

At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase to correct and realign the teeth and jaw.

The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure your child retains his or her beautiful smile.

"Dr. Sanborn is amazing with kids, and the Damon® Smile system he uses has the results I was looking for! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for orthodontics on the Crystal Coast: high quality, professional, knowledgeable, and parent-kid friendly! Thanks for helping my daughter smile!"~ Page Y.
"Sanborn Orthodontics is always having fun events so you can earn San Dollars, and they can be traded in for some great prizes. The staff are very friendly and are willing to help out in any way possible. They act like they have known you for a lifetime. I would recommend Sanborn Orthodontics to everyone!"~ Andrea G.
"We could not have found a nicer, more professional orthodontic practice than Sanborn. The entire staff is so welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The office is state of the art, and has a wonderful waiting area and overall inviting atmosphere. Our daughter actually looks forward to her appointments!"~ Lori E.
"I love Sanborn Orthodontics, it is the best place to go! I was worried about braces because I have to get them soon and I had heard bad stories. They told me all about the steps and how they do the treatment. Now I am worry-free and ready to get my braces!"~ Riley G.
"I am so excited to share my experience about the staff at Sanborn Orthodontics. I had my braces on for 23 months and am so glad I did. The staff was always friendly and I always left happy, even when I had an adjustment."~ Cheryl S.
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