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Your Guide to Two-Phase Treatment

Orthodontist treating young patient

For some young patients, a two-phase treatment plan offers the best hope of achieving a healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing smile. With the two-phase approach, Dr. Jeff and Dr. Jen can provide care before and after your child’s teeth have fully developed.

How Does Two-Phase Treatment Work?

Phase one care is most effective when administered early while a child’s smile is still developing. During this phase, your doctor will look at how the upper and lower jaws fit together, and they’ll also check for signs of crowding. When crowding is treated early—around the age of 8, for instance—it's less likely that a child will have to have one or more permanent teeth removed. Dr. Jeff or Dr. Jen 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, the permanent teeth will have a chance to come in naturally.

Once that has 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 for years to come.

Want to Know More?

Do you have questions about two-phase treatment? The team at 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 your child's treatment options and recommend a customized treatment plan.

A beautiful, functional smile is important. Together, we can create an effective treatment plan that will help your child achieve a fully transformed smile that will last a lifetime. To schedule your FREE consultation, simply contact our office today.

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