Phase 2 Orthodontics

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our page on Phase 1 orthodontics. That page will explain what you and your child can expect during the first phase of orthodontic treatment.

Not every patient will need Phase 1 and 2 treatment. But Dr. Siara-Olds may recommend it if your child has moderate to severe orthodontic issues that will only worsen over time.

Here’s what you need to know.
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What is Phase 2 Orthodontics?

The goal of Phase 1 treatment was to create space for your child’s adult teeth, and to improve the relationship between their upper and lower jaws. Once your child has all or most of their permanent teeth, it’s time for Phase 2. This typically happens between the ages of 11 and 13.

The goal of Phase 2 treatment is to essentially finish what we started and bring your child’s teeth and jaws into perfect alignment. That way, we’re able to greatly improve both the function and appearance of your child’s smile. Correcting bite issues also helps to improve your child’s facial profile.

In general, your child will spend between 12 and 18 months with either full braces or Invisalign clear aligners. But it’s important to remember that each patient has different orthodontic needs.

Dr. Siara-Olds will be able to give you an accurate timeline during your child’s consultation.

What are the Benefits of Phase 1 and 2 Orthodontics?

One of the benefits of having completed Phase 1 treatment is that Phase 2 treatment may require less patient participation. In other words, Phase 1 treatment will simplify the extent of the treatment needed in Phase 2.

Another benefit of Phase 2 orthodontics is that you’re not starting from scratch. Instead, we’re able to build upon the progress that was already made during the first phase. As such, it’s not uncommon for us to be able to reduce the amount of time your child spends wearing full dental braces. (Something they’ll appreciate as they enter middle and high school.)

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Will My Child Need to Wear a Retainer?

Yes, your child will need to wear a retainer after the Phase 1 and Phase 2 treatment periods. That way, they don’t lose the progress that they made with orthodontics.

It’s important that your child wears their retainer as prescribed by Dr. Siara-Olds. After Phase 2 orthodontics, your child will need to wear their retainer for the rest of their life. Otherwise, the teeth and jaws may start to drift back to their original positions.

Request a Consultation With Dr. Siara-Olds

Dr. Siara-Olds is a board-certified orthodontist in Milford, MI, who offers both Phase 1 and 2 treatment to her patients. As such, she’d be more than happy to help your child achieve a beautiful healthy smile they’ll be able to enjoy for life.

To request a consultation, please call Siara-Olds Orthodontics at (248) 684-6833. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.