Two-phase treatment occurs when a patient is evaluated and needs intervention before starting regular orthodontic treatment, resulting in two separate treatment plans. The first phase of treatment, Phase I, usually occurs when the patient is a child and still has his or her primary teeth. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to: prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem, or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be fixed with Phase I treatment. Another common added benefit of Phase I treatment is reduced Phase II treatment time.

Typically, Phase II treatment is standard orthodontic treatment. This involves placing braces on the patient’s teeth once the permanent teeth have erupted. The braces straighten the permanent teeth and correctly align the jaw to prevent bad bites.


The Best Time to Begin Phase II Treatment

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for Phase II orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By age 12 most of the permanent teeth have came in. This is also a good age to detect if crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites will result. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, which is why most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, which makes it “cooler” to get braces as most of their friends are wearing braces as well. 

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth properly. Children at this age also have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.


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Patients who have undergone both Phase I and Phase II treatment are more likely to have lasting results, so that adult treatment can be avoided. Our goal for your two-phase orthodontic treatment is to give you correctly aligned teeth that provides proper jaw function and a great smile! If you have any questions regarding adolescent treatment for your child, please contact us