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One phase or two phases orthodontic treatment

Phase One Treatment – Early Interceptive Treatment (age 6-11)

The purpose of phase one treatment is to have key problems resolved in a short period of time. These problems can be:

Severe crowding
Over jet – Where the upper teeth set out further from the lower teeth
Under bites – or the bulldog look – where the lower teeth set out further then the upper teeth
Open bites – where the front teeth do not come together
Deep bites – Where you cannot see or only see a small portion the lower teeth when you bite down
Cross bite – where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth – this can be just one tooth and/or the entire lower jaw.。

The most important goal of first-phase treatment is to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate all the permanent teeth and to align the upper and lower jaws with one another. There are patients where all the permanent teeth are too large and the jaws too small to have all the teeth fit. Selective baby tooth may need to be removed (extracted) in those patients at different times during phase one, allowing room for the permanent teeth to erupt easily.

A successful first phase will have created room for the permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, teeth may become impacted, displaced, or erupt through the soft gum tissue instead of the hard gum tissue. Children grow rapidly, and most can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment.

Second Phase - Teenager Treatment

The second phase is a separate treatment, at a separate fee, usually initiated when most of the permanent teeth are erupted.

The second phase usually requires new orthodontic record and braces on all of into its 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, stay healthy and attractive. If the patient has had phase one treatment the time frame for phase two treatment will most likely be considerably less and the treatment less complicated.

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