Interceptive care, also known as two-phase orthodontics, is an integral part of our practice. In fact, we find it to be among the most rewarding treatment processes we offer to Seattle and Bellevue area smiles!
Two-phase orthodontics is a very special treatment process that involves facial and jaw changes, as well as straightening the teeth. During phase one, treatment is aimed to help the jaw and facial structures develop in a way that will accommodate permanent teeth and facilitate a stable bite. Even at a young age, there may be noticeable signs of jaw problems as your child is growing. Correcting these problems as a primary course of treatment can prevent the need for more aggressive treatments later on, including tooth removal or oral surgery. After examining your child’s teeth and medical records, Dr. Leone and Dr. Vaughn will determine if early treatment is necessary, and if so, what steps are needed to make phase-one treatment successful.
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At the end of phase-one treatment, Drs. Leone and Vaughn will recommend a recall program for your child. This allows our orthodontists to monitor the progress of your child’s development. During this “resting period”, the teeth are left alone to allow permanent teeth to erupt. After phase-one treatment is complete, the teeth won’t be in their final resting positions, but a good path for permanent tooth eruption will have been established.
Phase-two treatment begins when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. The goal of phase two is to establish ideal balance between the teeth and jaw, creating a functional, comfortable bite. Typically, phase-two treatment involves having braces placed on all of the teeth, which will be worn until a stable and aesthetic result is accomplished.
In certain situations, two-phases of orthodontic treatment is the best way to accomplish a healthy, functional and beautiful smile to last a lifetime! Our hope is to give our young Seattle and Bellevue smiles the best possible treatment through proactive, interceptive care. Age 7 is the age recommended by Dr. Leone and Dr. Vaughn to schedule your child’s first orthodontic consultation. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!