Repair the Entire Smile with Two-Phase Treatment
Let us effectively prepare your child’s entire mouth for the rest of his or her life. Trust two-phase treatment from Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R. Our vast experience and careful personalization of care will benefit your child’s health and aesthetic!
Call our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL offices at 561-327-6775. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be seen at around 7 years old. This (or slightly younger) is the ideal time to begin two-phase treatment, so don’t delay!
Focusing on the Jaw in First Phase of Orthodontic Treatment
In the first phase, we focus on developing the proper jaw size to correctly accommodate their teeth and create a well-aligned bite. With an early exam, we can see if your child’s jaw is growing too much or not enough. If needed, we can use appliances such as a palatal expander to direct growth of their upper and/or lower jaws.
This early correction may prevent removing permanent teeth later on to correct overcrowding or surgery to align the upper and lower jaws. Waiting until all permanent teeth erupt to treat this kind of condition could result in jaw problems too severe to achieve an optimal result with braces.
Giving Orthodontic Treatment a Rest
In a resting phase, we allow remaining permanent teeth to erupt. We typically don’t recommend retaining devices since they may interfere with the growth process. The first phase should have created room for teeth to erupt. Teeth won’t be in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment.
Our orthodontists may advise removal of selected primary (baby) teeth during the resting phase. We’ll see your child for observation appointments, usually in six-month intervals.
Moving Teeth During Second Phase of Treatment
During the second phase of treatment, your teeth should function properly and comfortably with your lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. Your child will usually wear braces on their teeth for an average of 24 months during this phase. And they’ll wear retainers after braces are removed to ensure they keep their beautiful smile for life.
To find out more about two-phase orthodontic treatment, call Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R at 561-327-6775 or use our online form. In addition to Boca Raton, FL and Coral Springs, FL, we serve the nearby communities of Parkland, FL; Delray Beach, FL; and Boynton Beach, FL.