What Happens During Phase One?
Phase one treatment targets the jaw mainly so the upper and lower jaw are in better alignment. This will ultimately affect the way the teeth fit together and many times have an impact on the position of the lips and soft tissue profile.
What Happens During Phase Two?
Treatment during Phase Two will ensure that the permanent teeth have the space they need to grow and develop correctly, which typically involves braces on the upper and lower teeth. Your orthodontist will make sure that each tooth is in a location that’s in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue and remaining teeth. Due to modern orthodontic advances including more efficient braces only 10% of our patients require extraction of permanent teeth during their orthodontic treatment. However, this does not include wisdom teeth and 90% or more of patients most likely will need their wisdom teeth taken out at some point during their late teens.
Your child might be in need of two-phase treatment. To find out more about what each phase entails, or to learn whether your child could benefit from early prevention, contact Charleston Orthodontic Specialists at 843-642-8100 and schedule an appointment with our orthodontist. With a thorough examination, we can determine whether your child needs early orthodontic treatment. Call today for more information!