Phase II Treatment

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When and how long does Phase II Treatment last?

This last treatment phase (or Phase II) usually begins a number of months and in some cases years after Phase I treatment, because we are waiting for 12-16 more permanent teeth to erupt. With Phase II treatment, fixed braces are used for typically 18 to 30 months and are usually much simpler and less costly if early (Phase I) treatment was indicated and carried out. In most cases, adding the fees of both phases together is comparable to the fee of comprehensive treatment. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve an ideal occlusion with all of the permanent teeth.

What is the retention phase of treatment?

The retention phase is the final step of orthodontic treatment. In the initial retention phase, removable retainers are worn full-time and only removed when eating and brushing, then only at night in later months. The purpose of the retention phase is to help stabilize the teeth in their new position and assure the dazzling new smile will remain for a lifetime, as exact and precise as it was the moment the braces were removed. During the period of night only wear, we monitor the natural stability of the orthodontic correction and decide if tapering wear of the retainers is appropriate. For individuals with stubborn teeth that try to return toward their pre-treated position (and for many adults), long-term night wear is the best insurance that their correction will be maintained.

So is Phase I & II Treatment needed for your child?

The major advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, aesthetic, and comfortable result. Optimizing the limited time when a child is growing is of utmost importance in the case stability. Tooth extraction or corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) may also be avoided with early treatment.


iphone.pngThe best way to learn what orthodontic treatment could do for you or your child is to call Dexter Orthodontics at (734)426-5220. We are always available to talk with you and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us during office hours.