Orthodontic Treatment Phases

Treatment Phases in Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment can ideally be initiated during different times of development depending on the nature of the problem(s). At the initial examination we can usually advise whether a patient will require just one phase or two phases of orthodontic treatment.

Advantage of Phasing Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment encompasses tooth and jaw alignment. The major advantage of the first phase of treatment is to maximize the opportunity for an esthetic & functional result by treating the orthodontic & skeletal issues at the most appropriate time during growth. The goal of the second phase of treatment is to refine the position of the permanent teeth after they all erupt. Some orthodontic problems may require more than two phases of treatment and possibly surgical intervention.

Growth Guidance & Observation

The aim of growth guidance & observation is to monitor facial jaw growth and monitor primary tooth loss and the eruption of the remaining permanent teeth. The goal is to choose the best time to initiate treatment. The key to efficient and effective orthodontic treatment is timing!