Second Phase

The first phase of orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces or other appliances to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. After the first phase of treatment, patients can see a significant improvement in the appearance of their smile. However, the second phase of treatment is used to reinforce the results of the first phase and address any minor issues that may remain in the teeth or gums. This may require additional tooth movement or the use of a retainer to keep the teeth straight.

What Is The Second Phase of Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase 2 treatment is usually started when all of your permanent teeth have erupted, and usually between ages 11 and 14 for girls/women and ages 13 to 15 for boys/men. The goal of the second phase of your treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. This can sometimes involve surgery.

The last molars to erupt are the wisdom teeth, which usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21. When these molars are misaligned, they can cause problems such as pain, crowding, infection, and damage to other teeth. These problems can sometimes be prevented with early removal of wisdom teeth, which is why it’s sometimes recommended that you have them removed before they have had a chance to fully develop.

The second phase of treatment may include the use of fixed or removable appliances like retainers, Invisalign aligners, or palatal expanders. In some cases, patients may also require surgical procedures to ensure the optimal outcome from their treatment.

The length of the second phase of treatment varies by patient and their specific needs. Patients should speak with their dentist about how often they will need to see the dentist for checkups and about how long they expect their orthodontic treatment to last.

When Do The Second Phase of Orthodontic Treatment Begin?

Once the first molars have erupted, the second phase of orthodontic treatment begins. The second phase is initiated after all of the primary (baby) teeth have erupted. The purpose of the second phase of treatment is to achieve an ideal bite. Ideal bite means that when the jaws are closed, the teeth fit together in a harmonious manner.

Why Choose Second Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

When patients have orthodontic problems that require two phases of treatment, their orthodontist will devise a treatment plan that includes a schedule of treatment phases and treatment goals.

To learn more about our orthodontic treatments, call us at (661) 254-6464 or visit our office located at 23333 Cinema Dr Valencia, CA


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