When a patient has an advanced orthodontic problem that requires early attention and treatment, Dr. Lauren Windhorst may decide to put the patient through both Phase I and II Treatment. This orthodontic approach breaks up treatment into two separate stages, addressing issues early on so future bite correction and alignment is made easier when the patient is older and permanent teeth have fully emerged.
Although Phase I and II orthodontic treatment is not necessary for all of our young Northwest Missouri patients, it can be very beneficial to those Dr. Windhorst sees fit for this kind of treatment.
Phase I Orthodontic Treatment
Phase I treatment begins when the patient still has some baby teeth. This treatment generally takes 6-12 months and is helpful in guiding the eruption of permanent teeth and correcting some bad bites that would be difficult to fix at an older age. Orthodontic appliances, such as retainers or partial braces, might be used to correct current problems or to help guide dental growth and development.
Phase II Orthodontic Treatment
Once Phase I is complete—and all permanent teeth have erupted—it is usually necessary to continue with Phase II treatment in order to finish improving the bite and aligning the teeth. This phase of orthodontic treatment consists of “normal” orthodontic care, which places braces on upper and lower adult teeth. Treatment time with Phase II is usually less than it would have been had the patient not undergone Phase I treatment.
Contact You Hometown Orthodontist Today
At Choice Orthodontics, we aim to provide the best, comprehensive orthodontic care in Northwest Missouri. To learn if Phase I and Phase II orthodontic treatment is right for you or your child, contact us at either our Saint Joseph or Gallatin, MO office today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!