For some patients, a two-phase treatment plan offers the best hope of achieving a healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing smile. Under the two-phase approach, Dr. Shirck has an opportunity to provide care before and after teeth have fully developed.
How Does Two-Phase Treatment Work?
Phase one care is most effective when administered early, while a patient's smile is still developing. During this phase, Dr. Shirck will look at how the upper and lower jaws fit together, and he'll check for signs of crowding. When crowding is treated early—around the age of 8, for instance—it's less likely that patients will have to have one or more permanent teeth removed. Dr. Shirck will finish phase one by gathering important information, like photos, X-rays, and models.
Phase one will be followed by a resting period. During the resting period, permanent teeth will have a chance to come in naturally.
Once that's happened, phase two can begin. In most cases, phase two care just involves upper and lower braces. When both phases are complete, a retainer will help patients keep their new smile looking beautiful.
Do you have questions about two-phase treatment? Dr. Shirck of Shirck Orthodontics would be happy to answer them. During your visit to our New Albany, Pataskala, Westerville, or Newark office, we can talk to you about you or your child's treatment options and recommend customized treatment plan.
A beautiful, functional smile is important. Together, we can create an effective treatment plan that will help you with your long-term goal of a full transformed smile.
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