“Two-Phase” Orthodontic Treatment Explained
Miller Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care for young patients. Early orthodontic treatment is intended to uncover and correct bite issues before adulthood. These bite issues, left untreated, inevitably lead to more significant orthodontic issues and less effective treatment results in the future.
Early treatment is also referred to as “two-phase” or interceptive orthodontic treatment, because it seeks to intercept bite issues prior to the emergence of permanent teeth.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment may consist of several different methods of bite correction including palate expanders, retainers, crossbows, braces and other orthodontic appliances. These tools aid in preventing tooth extractions or jaw surgery, correcting overbite/crossbite issues, and alleviating other tooth or jaw alignment problems.
Most children will not have orthodontic issues that require two-phase treatment. However, in severe cases, early orthodontic treatment has not just proven effective, but also impressive.