Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment

You’ve heard the saying, “The early bird gets the worm,” but did you know it also applies to orthodontic treatment? While no worms are involved (luckily) with braces or clear aligner treatment, the Mack Orthodontics team believes that getting started early is the best way to create a fantastic smile that’ll last a lifetime. We can accomplish this mission using two-phase treatment, so let’s jump into the benefits of two-phase treatment and how it can help your child!

What is Two-Phase Treatment?

Two-phase treatment is a specialized orthodontic method that combines tooth straightening and facial structure adjustment. The treatment is split into two distinct phases, each with its own goals and benefits, separated by a resting period.

Who Is Two-Phase Treatment For?

Two-phase treatment is made for children who show early signs of orthodontic issues. It’s a proactive approach with the goal of fixing any problems before they become more challenging to treat down the line. 

The best age to start this treatment can range, but it’s often recommended for children around the age of seven who show signs of potential jaw issues. Children with crowded front teeth around eight can also benefit significantly from this treatment. 

Dr. Mack will work with your child’s unique needs to determine the right time to begin treatment.

Breaking Down The Phases

Like the moon, each phase of the two-phase treatment is vital in deciding the jaw’s exact movements and growths. Let’s have a look at each phase and what it entails.

Phase One of two-phase orthodontic treatment begins when a child still has some of their baby teeth. The goal during this phase is to help the jaw develop to make room for all the permanent teeth and improve how the upper and lower jaws fit together. Depending on the patient’s needs, this phase may involve braces or other fixed or removable appliances.

The Resting Period is when the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. It’s best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom to move around. A successful first phase will create room for permanent teeth to find their path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.

Phase Two usually begins once most or all permanent teeth are in. From here, the game’s name is to finish the work from Phase One. This Phase means ensuring each tooth is in the right spot and won’t cause future issues. Once established, the teeth will work together correctly, creating a healthy bite and a wonderful smile.

The Mack Orthodontics team believes starting early is the best way to create a great smile. It's doable due to the benefits of two-phase treatment.

The Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment

Now that we’ve covered the basics of two-phase treatment, let’s delve into the heart of the matter: the benefits. This treatment approach is not just about straightening teeth; it’s about setting the stage for a lifetime of oral health. Here are some of the key benefits:

Intercepts Issues

One of the main advantages of two-phase treatment is its preventative nature. By noticing potential issues early on, it can stop the need for more aggressive treatments in the future. 

For instance, if a child’s jaw isn’t growing correctly, early intervention can guide its growth, eliminating the need for jaw surgery later on. Moreover, with two-phase treatment, we can create room for permanent teeth before they erupt, reducing or even eliminating the need for extraction.

Paves The Way For Permanent Teeth

As children grow, their mouths need to accommodate 32 permanent teeth. Two-phase treatment ensures enough space for these teeth to erupt correctly, reducing the chances of crowding, impaction, or displacement.

Knocks Down Specific Issues

Two-phase treatment can also tackle specific issues like underbite, crossbite, and abnormal swallowing or speech problems. By adjusting these issues early, we can improve not only the appearance of the smile but also the overall function of the smile.

Creates A Healthy, Natural Smile

A great smile can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem. Ensuring each tooth is properly in place can create a more balanced relationship between the teeth, jaw, and face. This treatment leads to a better smile and secures proper teeth function, improving oral health.

The Mack Orthodontics team believes starting early is the best way to create a great smile. It's doable due to the benefits of two-phase treatment.

The Process at Mack Orthodontics

At Mack Orthodontics, we strive to provide personalized, effective treatment plans for our patients. Our approach to two-phase treatment is no different. When you bring your child in for a consultation, we’ll do a thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine if two-phase treatment is the best option.

If Dr. Mack decides to proceed with treatment, we’ll guide you through every step of the process. We use state-of-the-art technology to monitor your child’s progress and make adjustments as necessary. Our goal is to ensure your child’s comfort and satisfaction throughout the treatment.

Begin Your Child’s Orthodontic Journey Today

At Mack Orthodontics, we’re ready to help your child embark on their journey toward a healthier and happier smile. If you’re ready to begin or have any questions, give us a call or schedule your free consultation today!