What is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

Dr. Lee recommends the two-phase orthodontic treatment when it will maximize a patient’s ability to attain an ideal smile. Two-phase treatment is the best way for some patients to straighten their teeth, improve their bite, and enhance their facial features.

What If I Forego Two-Phase Treatment?

If Dr. Lee advises that you take advantage of two-phase treatment, delaying or foregoing orthodontics may result in more invasive treatments later on. In many cases, receiving early treatment is more effective, comfortable, and affordable than putting it off.

Phase One: Laying the Foundation for a Beautiful Smile

During Phase One, our team will influence the jaw to develop properly and promote the correct eruption of adult teeth. Two-phase treatment can help children avoid:

  • Malocclusion (bad bite)
  • Bite discomfort or difficulty chewing
  • Speech impediments
  • TMJ pain
  • Tooth extraction
  • Surgical treatments

Resting Period

A resting period is necessary in the two-phase treatment process. During this resting period, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt without interference. A successful first phase treatment will ensure that the new teeth erupt properly and with plenty of space.

Phase Two: Perfect Your Smile

Everybody wants a healthy and attractive smile. During the second phase, Dr. Lee will make sure each tooth is in its ideal location in the mouth. Our team will establish harmony between the lips, jaw, tongue, and teeth. This will guarantee a functional and confident smile for years to come!

All patients should come into our office for an orthodontic analysis around the age of 7. We can help every patient determine if early treatment may be advantageous for their unique smile. To learn more about two phase treatment, please contact us at Burlingame Smile Studio!