Two-Phase OrthodonticsTwo-phase orthodontic treatment refers to having two separate stages of orthodontic treatment, starting with a first phase of early or interceptive treatment, which usually occurs between the ages of 7 to 10. There is a “resting period” after phase one treatment, which allows time to the remaining permanent teeth to erupt. Dr. Mibab will periodically evaluate your child to determine if or when a second phase of orthodontic may be indicated. Most patients that require phase one treatment usually benefit from a second phase of treatment. Phase two treatment usually occurs at age 11 or 12, and involves a full set of braces on all teeth.
The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout life. In some cases, two-phase orthodontic treatment can prevent permanent tooth extractions, impacted teeth or jaw surgery.