Two-Phase Treatment

The majority of orthodontic problems are best corrected in one treatment phase – usually started after eruption of most of the permanent teeth. However, there are certain dental and/or skeletal disharmonies that benefit from earlier intervention. In these cases, early treatment will produce benefits that would be more difficult if addressed at a later time. Though treated early, these situations usually still require a second phase of treatment after the eruption of all permanent teeth.

The major advantages of two-phase treatments are:

  • Maximize the opportunity to accomplish an ideal healthy, functional, esthetic result that will remain stable throughout life.
  • To improve aesthetics and self-esteem and facilitate normal social development
  • To minimize the length of treatment during the second, comprehensive phase of treatment

What happens if we choose to postpone treatment?

In some instances postponing treatment is fine. Orthodontic treatment is only initiated in 20% of patients prior to eruption of all their permanent teeth. There are certain types of orthodontic conditions that are best treated at an early age which should be determined by an orthodontist

Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems. Upper and lower jaws that are not growing in harmony can be recognized at an early age. Treated early, these situations can be minimized or corrected. These problems, if not corrected early will limit our ability to obtain optimal results with later treatment.


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Aleman, Sternstein & McDaniel

997 Clock Tower Drive  |  Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 546-9600
Fax: (217) 546-9642

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