Phase I Treatment
This phase typically occurs when patients start to lose their baby teeth, between 6 and 9 years of age. This is an ideal time to detect whether there are disturbances in jaw growth or tooth development. A short phase of orthodontics can be utilized at this time to favorably enhance the growth of your child’s jaw.
Phase II Treatment
This phase generally occurs during early adolescent or adolescent years. During this time, teeth are aligned for maximum esthetics, function, and stability with braces and specialized retainers or expansion appliances, if needed.
The goal of comprehensive orthodontic treatment is to establish an ideal bite. It includes a coordinated diagnosis and treatment plan leading to the improvement of not only the bite but also the smile, alignment of all teeth, and soft tissue esthetics. This type of orthodontic treatment usually lasts 18-24 months.
This approach targets only a limited area of the mouth, typically used for cosmetic reasons. For example, aligning only the front teeth or only the back teeth, fixing overcrowding, reducing gaps, or other issues that do not affect the entire bite. Limited treatments can be completed quickly, about three to eight months.