The goal of First Phase Treatment is to develop the arch forms of the upper and lower jaws so that they match one another, as well as to guide the eruption of the permanent teeth and to maintain or create the space necessary for their eruption. Not all children require First Phase Treatment, however children over the age of seven are candidates for early orthodontic treatment since growth can be a valuable tool in assisting with jaw development. A variety of fixed or removable appliances are available to our Doctor in helping with early intervention.
After first phase treatment has been completed a removable retainer is usually placed to maintain the First Phase correction. Once all of the permanent teeth have erupted, Second Phase Treatment can be started. This requires the placement of braces where each tooth is aligned in harmony with the lips and tongue to create a beautiful smile and achieve facial balance.