What is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
Some children have a developing bite problem that can be addressed before it becomes too severe. If left untreated, the issue may become more difficult to correct resulting in extended treatment times. The early treatment approach is designed to address these difficulties before they have a chance to develop.
Two-phase, also known as early or interceptive, treatment is the initiation of orthodontic treatment prior to the eruption of all permanent teeth. This may involve appliances such as an expander, braces, or retainers designed to correct an overbite or cross bite, create room for incoming teeth, or correct other alignment issues.
Most children won’t need two-phase treatment, but when suggested by an orthodontist, interceptive treatment is effective and the results are fantastic.