Everything You Should Know about Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment

The ultimate goal of Phase 2 orthodontic treatment is to ensure you have a healthy and beautiful smile for life. Your orthodontist might suggest fixed and removable gear to correct bite or alignment issues. Phase 2 isn’t necessary for everyone, which is why you’ll want to have an in-depth discussion with Dr. Stefanie Dougherty in St. Louis for a personalized recommendation. 

What Is Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase 2 orthodontic treatment follows Phase 1, which involves intercepting and correcting underlying problems that can occur before a child has all of their permanent teeth. Some examples include crossbite or jaw alignment issues. Most orthodontists delay Phase 2 until all of the permanent teeth have erupted, which is usually between ages 10 to 12. Phase 2 orthodontic treatment offers permanent solutions to improve the function and stability of the bite, jaw and mouth. 

When Is Phase 2 Treatment Necessary?

It’s important to understand that Phase 2 treatment isn’t always necessary. An orthodontist may recommend Phase 2 to correct complex issues such as teeth that haven’t erupted, as well as too many or too few teeth, or a correction to a bite. This type of treatment can also correct teeth that stick out and underlying problems that cause abnormal swallowing.

What Can I Expect During This Type of Treatment?

The first step is a thorough consultation with an orthodontist, who can provide specific recommendations for each individual. Depending on the underlying problems, your orthodontist may suggest braces to straighten and move teeth, followed by a removable retainer.  Since braces and bands can collect particles of food, Dr. Dougherty might also recommend a specific cleaning routine beyond your regular checkups every six months with your regular dentist. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, most Phase 2 treatments last between 12 and 30 months. 

What Are the Benefits of Phase 2 Treatment?

Whether an orthodontist recommends Phase 2 treatment for you or your child, the ultimate goal is to boost your confidence with a healthy smile. However, this final step towards an improved appearance can also prevent bigger problems in the future.  

If you need Phase 2 orthodontic treatment and are ready to take the next step, contact Dougherty Orthodontics at (636) 825-1000 today to schedule your complimentary consultation! Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get started on the smile of your dreams.