Phase Two: Orthodontics for Teens & Adults
Phase Two is geared towards your permanent teeth. The goal of Phase Two is to ensure that your permanent teeth are positioned to maximize their appearance and functionality. Most of the time, children who start Phase One treatment will also have to undergo Phase Two to ensure the permanent teeth continue growing in harmony with the lips, cheeks, and of course other teeth.
Can a child skip Phase One, and just wait for Phase Two?
This is actually a very common question. Take two children, Sean and Corey, with the same prognosis. Sean decides to undergo Phase One, and Corey decides to wait until Phase Two. 99.5% of the time, Sean, the child who decided to start Phase One, will be able to remedy much of their dental imbalances, and achieve a more harmonious smile by the end of Phase Two.
Corey on the other hand, the child who did not start Phase One, will have a lot more corrective work to get the same results (at best), or close to Sean’s results (at worst). Problems that do not get corrected early on, often turn into major problems as we mature. Clinically, we recommend Phase One as soon as a pediatric dentists or orthodontists diagnosis it necessary.