Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment Hartford County, CT

What is two-phase treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines teeth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic results that will remain stable throughout your child's life. At our Hartford County locations of Rosenberg Orthodontics, our skilled dental team provides two-phase orthodontic treatment in order to aid in jaw development before a secondary orthodontic procedure. To learn more about two-phase treatment for your child, contact one of our facilities today to schedule an initial consultation.

Who should get two-phase treatment?

Beginning two-phase treatment early is crucial to achieving optimal and long-lasting results. The best candidates for this orthodontic treatment are:

  • Young children with early signs of jaw issues
  • Those displaying bite problems such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite
  • Individuals experiencing teeth overcrowding

Delaying treatment may necessitate more invasive treatments later in life, potentially leaving jaw issues unresolved. To find out if your child is a candidate for two-phase treatment, contact our team to schedule your consultation.

It is widely known that orthodontics has several oral health benefits, but many parents may be wondering what the advantages of two-phase treatments are. Two-phase treatments offer several benefits, such as:

  • Lessens the chance of needing invasive, costly oral surgeries later in life
  • Prevents oral conditions, including severe crowing and impactions
  • Enhances facial symmetry
  • Creates a stable, balanced bite
  • Contributes to improved overall health by boosting and preserving oral health

What happens during two-phase treatment?

Phase 1

During phase one, the primary objective is to promote healthy jaw development that accommodates permanent teeth and enhances the alignment of the upper and lower jaw. This phase is crucial for children who exhibit early signs of jaw issues, such as:

  • Children around the age of 8 with crowded front teeth
  • Children with an upper jaw that is growing too much
  • Children with an upper jaw that is too narrow

Throughout phase one, a tailored treatment plan is created, which may involve the use of specific orthodontic appliances to address tooth and jaw misalignments. Orthodontic records will also be created during phase one in order to track your child's progress, allowing adjustments to be made whenever necessary.

Resting Period

In the resting period, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they would interfere with eruption, and it is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.

Phase 2

During phase one, orthodontic records were completed, and a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan were created by the Rosenberg team. The second phase comes into play once all permanent teeth have fully erupted. The second phase encompasses the following key aspects:

  • Alignment goal: Phase two's primary goal is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it fits well within association with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth.
  • Orthodontic intervention: The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure your child retains their beautiful smile.

I have been a patient of Dr. Rosenberg for a couple years now and done with my treatment. He is the best, very personable and knowledgeable . I was so apprehensive about my invisilign treatment to start with.He patiently walked me through the treatment and in every step gave me confidence and explained everything in detail. I am super happy with the results i have acheived. He wants to give you perfect end result and does not compromise on the treatment. Anybody else would have said you are done after 18 months, mine went longer because he wanted it took look perfect. Excellent staff, professional and very kind and super helpful . I would highly recommend Dr Rosenberg and his team to anyone that is looking for orthodontist care .

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Very welcoming and detailed with explaining how my Invisalign was going work, they made it not confusing. Would highly recommend!

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I would never go anywhere else for ortho care. I’m always treated so kindly and compassionately. Dr. Rosenberg and his team are the absolute best!

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Myself & two children have received services from Rosenberg Orthodontics. I appreciate the staff & doctors being very accommodating with appointments for my daughter who is attending college out of state and has to have monthly appointments. I highly recommend Rosenberg Orthodontics.

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This place completely changed my life from the second I walked into the office they were so respectful and professional,Just the very best.I use to Be so self-conscious about my teeth That I wouldn’t even go to my family gatherings birthday parties I didn’t wanna participate in anything because of my smile,I couldn’t even use the right words to form a conversation with somebody because I was so self-conscious about my teeth And I remembered my wife told me she went to Rosenberg orthodontics when she was young girl and they fixed her teeth and I always thought she had the most beautiful smile so I says to her, I want those teeth so I went to Rosenberg and 11 months later I had the most beautiful smile in the world not because it’s my own smile, but because people would tell me randomly I have the most beautiful smile in the world,and it changed my life. I keep getting compliments people treat me better I feel unstoppable I feel more respected. I feel like people take me serious now especially at work It’s just an amazing experience that I had. It totally changed my life. I can’t stress it enough, the best decision I’ve made was going to this office and getting my teeth fixed and they’re so nice they understand hard situations they’re just amazing I recommend this place to the world 😁

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After the various stages of braces are complete, it is essential that your child maintain their results by wearing a custom retainer. In some instances, we may opt to attach a retainer to the teeth permanently. If that is the case, all your child will need to do is protect the retainer from damage. If your child has a removable retainer, it will likely need to be worn for 20–22 hours a day to keep the teeth from shifting out of place. As time progresses, they will be able to wear the retainer less and less, eventually only needing to wear it a few nights a week. Wearing a retainer is extremely important to preserving the results of two-phase treatments, and if not worn as instructed, it may result in your child needing orthodontic treatment again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all children need phase 1 treatments?

No, not all children will require two-phase treatments. Two-phase treatments are commonly recommended for children who are showing signs of or already have jaw problems. To learn more about two-phase treatment or to see if your child is a good candidate for this treatment, contact our Hartford County, CT office to schedule a consultation.

How long does the second phase of braces take?

Because the second phase of braces cannot begin until all of the permanent teeth have erupted, the length of time a patient needs to wear phase 2 braces will depend on their jaw problems. Everyone is different, so our team will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your child's unique dental needs.

Are phase 2 braces always necessary?

In some cases, jaw problems are resolved in phase 1 treatment. However, the majority of cases will likely need to wear phase 2 braces to ensure that the jaw concern is treated properly.

Can phase 1 treatment affect my child's daily activities?

Phase 1 treatment, designed for early intervention, typically involves using appliances that guide the growth of the jaw and the development of the teeth in a more favorable manner. The good news is that most children adapt quickly to their appliances, and these treatments rarely interfere with their day-to-day activities. However, it might be necessary to make minor adjustments, such as wearing a mouthguard during sports. 

What factors influence the decision to start Phase 1 treatment?

A variety of dental and facial development factors influence the decision to begin Phase 1 treatment. These include but are not limited to the degree of jaw misalignment, the presence of crowded or excessively spaced teeth, and the early loss or delayed eruption of baby teeth. Our evaluation at the Hartford County, CT office also considers specific habits that may affect jaw growth, such as thumb sucking or prolonged use of a pacifier. By addressing these issues early, Phase 1 treatment aims to guide the jaw's growth, correct bad oral habits, and make room for incoming permanent teeth.

Jaw development with two-phase treatment

The development of your child's jaw can greatly affect both the functionality and appearance of their smile. Thankfully, with two-phase orthodontic treatment, our team at Rosenberg Orthodontics can transform their smile while also preventing future problems. Contact one of our Hartford County locations to learn more and to schedule a consultation.

Does Insurance Cover two-phase treatment?

Insurance coverage will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of each individual treatment plan. During your consultation, a member of our financial team will be able to determine your coverage and identify any additional out-of-pocket costs. We can also discuss payment plans and help you find low-interest financing options.

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