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Phase II and Adolescent Treatment

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At Space Center Orthodontics, our mission is to help every one of our patients achieve a gorgeous, healthy smile - and keep it for the rest of their life. That's why Dr. Baghia and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, designing highly specialized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs. For many patients, that treatment comes during their adolescence - but for some patients, we'll need to use two distinct phases of treatment.

Intercepting Early for a Long-Term Smile

Two phase treatment is the process of using interceptive treatment to lay the groundwork for healthy oral development, then using adolescent orthodontic treatment to put the finishing touches on a beautiful smile. The first phase occurs while the patients till has their primary (baby) teeth - usually around age 7. This may be preventive, interceptive, or modifying treatment, and we may use braces, palatal expanders, or any other orthodontic appliance. Treating early can help us stop problems before they develop in severity, and it leads to less overall treatment time in Phase II.

Phase II of treatment is what most people think of when they hear the word orthodontic treatment - it takes place when the patient is a pre-teen or teenager, somewhere between ages 9-14. We'll typically use braces or Invisalign to correct tooth alignment and jaw development, helping to create a healthy, beautiful smile that'll last the rest of the patient's life.

Why Adolescence?

Most orthodontic treatments take place between ages 11 and 15 - and there's good reason for this. At this age, most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted, so malocclusions and jaw alignment problems are easy to detect. Metabolisms are also in full swing at this age, so we can take advantage of the natural growth spurts that adolescents experience to speed up tooth movement and shorten treatment times. Finally, braces are so common at this age that patients are generally less averse to the idea than at other times - and in fact, some kids will want braces just so they can fit in!

Contact Your Clear Lake, TX Orthodontist

Have more questions about Two Phase treatment or want to come in for an appointment? We're always happy to speak with you. Feel free to call us at 281.286.8945, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Houston, TX office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!