Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a process that addresses physical and facial developmental changes over a period of time. Two-phase treatments seek to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal orthodontic results that will last you throughout your life.
At the beginning of the first stage, an orthodontic assessment is made and a diagnosis/treatment plan is established. During this time, certain appliances are used to promote the second phase of treatment when the permanent teeth emerge. Between both phases, the patient undergoes a resting period in which all permanent teeth are allowed to erupt.
The second phase is initiated when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually, requires braces for about 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure that the teeth don’t shift. The second phase ensures that permanent teeth end up in their final position. When this balance is established, the teeth will function together properly, resulting in a healthy, straight, confident smile. If you live in or around La Mirada, call or make an appointment today for a consultation to learn more about specialized two-phase treatment and if it is right for you.