Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that can encompasses tooth straightening and/or physical, facial changes. The initial phase often includes orthopedic repositioning of the bones of the jaws. The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity of growth potential to accomplish the most ideal, healthy, functional and aesthetic result possible.
First phase treatment goals are to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate the permanent teeth and to relate the upper and lower jaws to each other. Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop.
The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly.