Does your child have significant crowding or issues with their bite? For complex cases, our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas may recommend two-phase orthodontic treatment. As the name suggests, this treatment plan has two stages that occur during different points of your child's oral and maxillofacial development.
To learn if your child is a candidate for two-phase orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to call Parrish Orthodontics to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about Phase 1 and 2 treatment.
In general, the American Academy of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist by age 7. While this may seem too young, it’s actually the perfect time for our orthodontists to detect an issue before it has the opportunity to worsen. If your child needs orthodontic care right away, we’ll develop a plan for two-phase orthodontic treatment.
Keep in mind that your child may not need early orthodontic intervention. In that case, our orthodontists will be able to determine if dental braces or clear aligners will be necessary later in life. In many cases, children may not need orthodontic care until they reach middle school or high school.
Regardless of your child’s circumstances, their first appointment with an orthodontist will help set them up for a healthy smile.
Typically, children will start Phase 1 orthodontic treatment between the ages of 6 and 9. At this time, your child will have a mixture of both baby and adult teeth. Our goal at this point in time is to move the baby teeth so the permanent adult teeth have space to erupt without crowding.
We’ll wait to focus on the final aesthetic touches of your child’s smile until they have their permanent set of teeth during Phase 2. Once Phase 1 is complete, we’ll provide your child with a retainer to wear in the meantime.
It’s important that your child maintain the progress they made with Phase 1 treatment. To accomplish this, we’ll give your child a retainer to wear to ensure their teeth don’t start to drift toward their original positions. Make sure that your child wears their new appliance as directed by our orthodontists. Otherwise, their second phase of treatment may take longer than anticipated to complete.
We’ll start Phase 2 treatment once your child gets all their permanent adult teeth. The goal of Phase 2 treatment is to improve the health, function, and aesthetics of your child’s smile. In other words, we focus on the complete package to ensure your child has the best shot at maintaining a healthy, attractive smile for life.
When your child is done with orthodontic treatment, we’ll give them a retainer that they’ll need to wear for the rest of their life. While each patient is different, eventually your child will reach a point where they’ll only have to wear their orthodontic retainer at night to maintain their perfect smile.
Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment and learn if your child is a candidate for two-phase orthodontic treatment, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.