Orthodontic Treatments

Happy girl with bracesOur two-phase treatment was created to maximize the opportunity to achieve a smile that is ideally healthy and ultimately beautiful. The second phase of this treatment is meant to complement the early orthodontic care we provide for better overall oral health. Your jaw, teeth, and gums change throughout your youth and adulthood, so orthodontic treatment with 2 stages just makes sense.

Phase I treatment emphasizes setting up a child’s smile for quick and comfortable success. Then, Phase II treatment finalizes the important changes to create a stunning adult smile.

Phase I Treatment

The first phase of treatment—early orthodontic or Phase I treatment—might involve an expander, retainer, or partial braces. Phase I is completed when a child is between the ages of 6 and 10, before all of the permanent teeth have come through the gums.

While many patients may not need Phase I treatment, others should take early preventative measures against misalignment, decay, and bite problems. Phase I treatment usually requires 9–18 months. After the first phase is finished, we wait for your remaining adult teeth to erupt before having you return to the office for Phase II treatment.

You can learn more about Phase I orthodontic treatment on our early treatment page.

Phase II Treatment

The aim of Phase II treatment is to shift all of the permanent teeth into their ideal positions for improved appearance, function, and health. Phase II treatment usually consists of placing full braces, worn for about a year, and retainers that should be worn regularly after treatment is complete.

Benefits of Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Smiling girl with straight teeth from bracesOur two-phase orthodontic treatment can:

  • Encourage healthy jaw growth free from TMJ problems. 
  • Create space for adult teeth to align properly. 
  • Decrease the need for extraction of permanent teeth. 
  • Decrease the chance of needing jaw surgery.
  • Lower the risk of dental trauma to protruding front teeth. 
  • Correct damaging oral habits like thumb sucking. 
  • Improve appearance and self-confidence. 
  • Lower the risk of dental decay and gum disease. 
  • Improve the position of previously and newly emerged teeth. 
  • Foster a comfortable and efficient teenage braces experience.

For More Information on Two-Phase Treatment, Call Our Office Today

Dr. Endrizzi is a conservative and experienced orthodontist who will only recommend two-phase orthodontic treatment when it is highly advantageous for the patient. Call us today to schedule your child’s consultation and exam with Dr. Endrizzi to help your child attain the best smile possible!