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Two-Phase Treatment

Is treatment that requires two phases to complete; the 1st phase reduces the severity of a developing problem at an early age with the 2nd phase being used to complete treatment when all of the adult teeth have erupted.

Phase I or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment to reduce the severity of developing problems. These may include excessive protrusion, severe crowding, crossbites, underbites and harmful habits such as finger and thumb sucking. This type of treatment may be indicated in about 10% of the population and if necessary occurs between the ages of 7–10 and may last for approximately 6–12 months. Over 90% of all phase I patients will require phase II or full braces.

Phase II treatment or full braces follows phase I treatment but usually after a latency or rest period of 12–18 months. This phase typically lasts 18–24 months and cannot be completed until all the baby teeth have fallen out and the adult teeth have replaced them. Most children around the age of 11 would be ready for full braces.

The advantage of the two-phase treatment allows the orthodontist to take advantage of growth that would have been lost if one were to have waited for the full brace phase. Additionally, less severe problems have a better chance to be corrected in a more conservative fashion with less need for dental extractions or jaw surgery.

Orthodontist, Dr. John Buzzatto, provides comprehensive orthodontic care for children, teens and adults and pediatric dentist, Dr. Jane Soxman, provides comprehensive dental care from infancy through 21 years of age..

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