QA with DR. W

WHAT IS PHASE 1 TREATMENT?

Phase 1 treatment is delivered early and before all permanent teeth have erupted. The purpose of this early care is to provide jaw orthopedics and to start correcting harmful malocclusions that may be more difficult or impossible to correct later without surgery. Phase 1 treatment does not eliminate the need for conventional orthodontics done during adolescence. Examples of phase 1 treatment include correcting individual tooth or jaw crossbites and severe underbites and overbites where function, esthetic or psychological concerns are identified.

WHAT IS PHASE 2 TREATMENT?

Phase 2 treatment is conventional orthodontic treatment. It may start while the last baby teeth are falling out and continue until the 12 year molars have been evaluated or straightened. This treatment usually lasts between 2 and 3 years and can be treated either braces or Invisalign Teen.

HOW DO I KNOW IF PHASE 1, 2 OR BOTH TYPES OF TREATMENT ARE NECESSARY?

An early visit is suggested. About 10 to 20 percent of young patients may benefit from phase 1 treatment. Most other patients are observed until the appropriate time to initiate care. We do the right thing at the right time.

DOES EARLY TREATMENT ENSURE A BETTER RESULT?

Not always. Experience and research shows that early treatment achieves meaningful goals but the quality of the result is determined at the end of care. For this reason, we do not encourage early treatment unless significant benefits can be achieved.

HOW LONG DO BRACES TAKE?

Complete treatment can usually be accomplished in within 18-36 months. Sometimes, this active movement is divided into two or more periods (Phase I and Phase II) of time with a rest of 6 to 18 months in between. (See phase 1 and 2 treatment above).

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO HAVE WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

The best time according to oral surgeons is when approximately 2/3 or so of the root is formed. Some time after age 16 or 18 seems to be the average.