At Chestermere Station Orthodontics, Two-Phase Treatment is a specialized process whereby we combine tooth straightening with physical and facial changes. The goal of this treatment is to provide you with a functional bite as well as an aesthetic result that will help you have an ideal smile!
This may be accomplished by treating your child at an early age to help create the foundation to allow adult teeth to erupt properly and for the bite to come together properly. By doing early treatment, it can help prevent the need for a more invasive treatment that may not completely correct any issues in the future. Dr. John Huynh takes a conservative approach to Orthodontics treatment, and his goal during your consultation is to help educate you on how you will benefit from your upcoming treatment and how to best time the entire process.
What is Phase One?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that patients see an orthodontist as early as 7 years of age now, as opposed to the old recommendation of 12 to 14 years of age. While this may seem early, this allows doctors like Dr. Huynh to observe how the permanent teeth are beginning to erupt and notice any problems that may be arising. Dr. Huynh can determine whether there are crowding issues, bite problems, jaw problems, or other dental issues.
What is a Resting Period?
During this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt into the mouth. Ideally, we allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement as Phase One will have created room for the permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become severely displaced or become impacted.
During the resting period, we will monitor your child’s dental progress. Since a child’s teeth are not at their final positions during the first phase, removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of allowing the teeth to erupt. As such, periodic recall appointments will be necessary during this observation phase.
What is Phase Two?
The primary goal of phase two is to make sure the teeth have erupted into the correct location within the mouth, ideally in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. If we have successfully achieved this equilibrium, then the teeth will function together properly, which is the primary goal.
To achieve this goal, phase two normally involves full upper and lower braces. Generally, braces are then required, and afterward, retainers will be worn to maintain that beautiful, healthy new smile!