Does My Child Need Two Phase Treatment?

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Are you scratching your head about two phase orthodontic treatment and wondering if it’s the right option for your kiddos? Fear not! At Campbell Orthodontics, we’re all about making orthodontic care fun and easy to understand. In this blog, we’ll dive into the world of two-phase treatment and show you how it can be a game-changer for some young patients.

Dynamic Duo of Orthodontics

Two-phase treatment involves two separate stages of orthodontic awesomeness and can save you both time and money in the long run. It is recommended that children have their first orthodontist visit by age seven so that Dr. Campbell can spot any potential issues early, setting the stage for effective preventative care. If your child qualifies for phased treatment, early treatment could keep from having a more severe case as a teen or adult. Not every child needs to embark on this two-phase adventure, but those who do will see the amazing results that it offers.

Phase 1: Early Orthodontic Treatment

The first stage, known as early interceptive treatment, addresses any problems before all permanent teeth have come in. This phase may involve expanding your child’s mouth, partial braces, or other orthodontic appliances. Your orthodontic specialist will evaluate their jaw structure to be sure that the mouth is set up for the remaining adult teeth to come in. Generally, Phase 1 treatment lasts between 9-12 months and is recommended for kids aged 6-10.

The Resting Period

After completing Phase 1, your child will take a well-deserved break from orthodontic action before entering Phase 2. The resting period can last months or sometimes up to several years. Your child might still need checkups or to wear a retainer at night to maintain the work completed in Phase 1.

Phase 2: Your Child’s Smile

Once most or all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted, it’s time for Phase 2. This typically occurs around ages 12-14, but can differ for every patient. Unlike Phase 1, which focuses on specific concerns, Phase 2 is the grand finale that perfects your child’s smile using braces or aligners. Treatment time for Phase 2 varies. Your orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Campbell, will present the treatment plan once your child is ready for this phase.

Have Questions?

To decide if two-phase treatment is the ultimate choice for your child, our dedicated team at Campbell Orthodontics will be here to guide you through the process. Contact us today to get started. Our top priority is creating long-lasting, beautiful smiles. Whether your child needs two-phased treatment or not, we promise you’ll love the results. Your child will feel ready to conquer the world with their amazing new smile!

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