Two-phase orthodontics is an approach that addresses problems early to make treatment easier in the future. At Smile Studios Orthodontics, we offer two-phase treatment to residents of Atlanta, Marietta, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. We have three convenient office locations in Fairburn, Powder Springs, and Lovejoy.
What Are Two-Phase Orthodontics?
Two-phase orthodontics, or two-phase treatment, is a specialized process that treats jaw and teeth misalignment in two distinct phases. Two-phase treatment is only used for younger patients, as the first phase is completed as their teeth are erupting and growing. The point of two-phase treatment is to address any major concerns at a young age, reducing the extent of treatment that will be necessary at a later date. If your child is developing any jaw or teeth issues, two-phase treatment can prevent severe jaw or alignment problems from occurring.
How Much Does Two-Phase Treatment Cost?
The cost of two-phase treatment will largely depend on the extent of treatment necessary, which varies significantly between patients. However, the cost of treatment can be made more affordable with dental insurance or dental financing.
When Are Two-Phase Orthodontics Necessary?
Two-phase orthodontics may be necessary if you notice that your child is developing any major discrepancies in jaw growth. If they develop a noticeable underbite, overbite or crossbite, they may be a candidate for two-phase treatment.
What Happens During the First Phase of Treatment?
The first phase of treatment is designed to develop the jaw to make sure there is enough room for all of a patient’s permanent teeth to grow in properly. The first phase is similar to early treatment, which can use a variety of orthodontic appliances to prepare the teeth for future treatments. With a successful first treatment phase, patients will be prepared for their permanent teeth to develop. They will not be in their final position, but they should have room to erupt without being severely displaced. After the first phase of treatment is complete, there is a resting period before the second phase. This allows all of the teeth to grow in while we monitor their progress.
What Happens During the Second Phase of Treatment?
The second phase of treatment is designed to move the teeth into their correct position for a healthy, straight smile. This phase typically involves the use of braces (and later retainers) to reposition and secure the teeth. Thanks to an effective first phase of treatment, the second phase should be relatively simple. Without the first phase of treatments, patients may require orthodontic surgery or other extensive treatments to correct misalignments that have developed without being recognized and treated.
If your child needs two-phase treatment, contact us today at Smile Studios Orthodontics to schedule your free consultation. With locations in Lovejoy, Fairburn and Powder Springs, we welcome patients living in Atlanta, Marietta, and the surrounding areas of northern Georgia.