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One Phase or Two?

One Phase or Two?
Posted on 03/23/2017

Here are Cravalho & Roth Orthodontics, we are proud to offer the latest advancements in braces technology at an affordable price. We have three convenient offices that are located in Marlborough, Northborough, and Newton Centre, MA, and are happy to work with the surrounding communities as well. In each of our visits, we treat our patients with personalized care in a comfortable and caring atmosphere. Drs. Carvalho and Roth are respected experts and love transforming smiles. Please feel free to give us a call at any time with any questions you may have. In your preliminary visit, we will assess your specific case and decide whether one-phase or two-phase orthodontic treatment is necessary.

When is Two-Phase Necessary?

Different smiles require different levels of orthodontic treatment. Two-phase orthodontic treatment is to be assessed at a young age and involves two separate and distinct phases of treatment. Two-phase treatment is ideal for those who have jaw or bite problems, and can help children avoid dental issues that may arise in later stages of development. This will help position your child’s teeth and jaw, and will improve the overall look of their smile.

We recommend that you bring your child into our office when they reach the age of seven so we can assess their unique case and determine whether early treatment is recommended.

The First Phase

Phase-one orthodontic treatment, also known as early treatment, is when your child will have their first orthodontic exam. At this point we may recommend beginning phase-one treatment. At this time, we will make sure that there is enough room for your child’s permanent teeth to grow in. This very essential aspect of phase-one will reduce the risk of crooked teeth and overcrowding. This is when bite growth and the jaw will be treated.

The Second Phase

Most of us are familiar with phase-two orthodontic treatment, which is when braces are actually placed on the lower and/or upper teeth. This phase works to correct spaces, fix misaligned teeth, and correct worrisome overbites or underbites. Unlike phase-one, this phase will typically begin around the age of 11 or 12, and will last an average of two or three years. As in every case, our doctors will have to determine your child’s specific needs, as all of our patients’ treatments are unique. Some children may only need to wear braces for a year or so, while others may need braces for up to three or four years.

Signs That Your Child May Need Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

If your child experiences any of the following, please note that these may be signs that two-phase treatment will be recommended for your child:

  • Problems with chewing or biting
  • Losing baby teeth early; before the age of 5
  • Any sign of crossbite, or teeth that don’t meet properly when opening
  • Protruding upper or lower teeth
  • Teeth that seem to become crowded by the age of 7 or 8

Have Your Child Assessed For Early Orthodontic Treatment Today

Please feel free to give us a call today if your child is experiencing any signs of potentially needing early treatment. We will create an individualized orthodontic plan that will leave a beautiful and bright smile as its end product. Our doctors are highly experienced, skilled, and have all that it takes to be your family’s new orthodontist. With offices in Marlborough, Northborough, and Newton Centre, MA, keeping up with appointments with us is more convenient than ever before. We encourage you to visit our contact page to find the appropriate contact numbers and addresses of our three offices. We look forward to hearing from you!

Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics

  • Marlborough - 126 Union St., Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone: (508) 485-8788
  • Northborough - 1 E. Main St., Northborough, MA 01532 Phone: (508) 393-5400
  • Newton Centre - 4 Lyman St., Newton Centre, MA 02459 Phone: (617) 332-2434

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