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What is the Purpose of Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment? Milton, GA
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Isn’t my child too young for orthodontics? Not necessarily. Many children qualify for “two-phase orthodontic treatment.” This is when an orthodontist detects a problem in a young child that will eventually need orthodontic treatment. To lessen future treatment or make the correction easier, there may be ways to intercept potential problems when the child is young and still has baby teeth. This is why you may see elementary-aged kids in braces, retainers, spacers or other orthodontic appliances, as they are in Phase 1 of their 2-phase treatment.

Most kids complete one comprehensive phase of braces. However, some kids benefit from two-phase orthodontic treatment, which takes advantage of dental development while the child is still young and growing. Two-phase orthodontics can be used for the following:

  • Help jaws to develop in a way that allows space for all permanent teeth
  • Reduce the potential of needing to pull adult teeth in the future
  • Avoid corrective surgery as a teen or adult for certain orthodontic problems
  • Normalize the relationship of the upper jaw to the lower jaw
  • Intercede to stop a child’s thumb sucking habit or abnormal swallowing.
  • Tuck in upper front teeth that are protruding, which can also lower risk of trauma to those teeth

It may seem odd to have braces or other orthodontic appliances on baby teeth. However, braces on young children are not intended to make aesthetic corrections. Instead, teeth movement during Phase One can be an effective means to reduce or even eliminate orthodontic correction of adult teeth, depending on the specific case.

At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we understand the importance of Two-Phase treatment if it applies. We always seek ways to reduce your child’s time in braces while also providing the most effective treatment for a beautiful and well-aligned smile in adulthood. If you have questions about our options in children’s orthodontics, please give us a call.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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