At Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic treatment for children in a two-phase treatment plan. But don’t be alarmed, only about 10% of children nationwide actually require two phases of braces. During Phase 1, we assess jaw development to look for abnormalities that can cause serious problems later down the road. A healthy, well-aligned jaw sets the stage for adult teeth to erupt properly and ensures your child’s jaws fit together.

If you notice your child has a narrow upper jaw, a jaw that is growing too much, or extremely crowded teeth, Phase 1 treatment may be necessary. Note that we typically only provide Phase 1 treatment to children over the age of six.

What Does Phase 1 Include?

During Phase 1, we will first assess whether early treatment is needed. If so, we will evaluate the right appliances and treatment plan for your child. As we create orthodontic records, we will create x-rays and models of your child’s teeth. These records help us monitor the remaining permanent teeth as they come in. After Phase 1 is successful, adult teeth will have enough room to erupt properly. Throughout Phase 1, we will schedule observation appointments with your child roughly every six months.

What is Phase 2?

In Phase 2 treatment, we ensure the adult teeth are in the ideal positions. In this phase, your child will need upper and lower braces for the treatment duration we prescribe. After the braces come off, your child must wear a retainer to keep teeth from moving back into their original positions.

If you have any questions about our two-phase treatment or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today!