What is Multi-phase Orthodontic Treatment and how can it help me?

Multi-phase orthodontics is a relatively new term to most of us. When most of us were younger, multi-phase
orthodontic treatment was very uncommon.

Because orthodontics has changed so much, we encourage prospective patients to come in for a free initial consultation early, when the child is around age 7. You can schedule these free consultations online or by calling 608-848-0820.

In recent years, as orthodontic treatment techniques, technology and philosophies have progressed and
gotten more sophisticated, multi-phase orthodontic treatment, involving “Phase 1” and “Phase 2” orthodontic treatment phases has become more common than it used to be. Some young patients could benefit from multi-phase orthodontic treatment. To learn more, click here or read on below.

Understandably, families typically have questions when their orthodontist suggests multi-phase orthodontic treatment. These questions and answers can help.

Who is the typical candidate for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment?
Young patients whose jaws are still growing and developing, and whose permanent teeth have not yet fully come in are typical candidates for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment, if the orthodontist detects issues with tooth and jaw development that could get worse if left untreated. This is why the American Association of Orthodontics recommends, and we agree, that children should be seen by an orthodontist at age 7. When teeth and jaws are still in growth stage, orthodontic treatment is much more easily accomplished and can often be less invasive than if left until Phase 2 treatment is possible.

What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. 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 your life. Historically, oral surgery was much more common, and often orthodontic treatment lasted longer and was more aggressive. By approaching treatment in multiple phases and by starting younger, we can typically avoid surgery and be more effective while being more gentle, while bringing about effective orthodontic results.

What if I put off orthodontic treatment?
Putting off orthodontic treatment can result in a need for more invasive orthodontic treatment later in life that may not completely fix your smile. In certain cases, early orthodontic treatment is most effective for achieving predictable, lasting results.

In multi-phase orthodontic treatment, there are multiple pases. The goal of Phase-One treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized by an orthodontist at an early age.

For this reason, we recommend that children be seen by an orthodontist at age 7. If children age seven or older are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if children around the age of eight have crowded front teeth, early treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth later.

Planning now with multi-phase orthodontic treatment can save your smile later. Schedule your free initial orthodontic consultation with First Choice Dental Orthodontics today!

Learn more about multi-phase treatment and other treatment options here.