Ask the Orthodontist with Dr. Jason Aleman. Question: Why does an orthodontist recommend two “Phases” of orthodontic treatment? Answer: “Phase 1” orthodontic treatment is initiated when we need to position the teeth where they should be for that stage in the patient’s dental development. “Phase 2” orthodontics is initiated when the permanent teeth have erupted. “Phase 2” is typically necessary to complete the work started in the “Phase 1” treatment. In most cases of a “Phase 1” treatment, a “Phase 2” treatment will be needed. The “Phase 2” treatment is entirely separate from the “Phase 1” treatment but will typically be less involved if earlier treatment has been performed. There is generally an interim period between the two phases of treatment and during this time, we will closely monitor your child’s growth and development along with the permanent teeth as they erupt. “Phase 1” treatment may require a limited amount of braces and/or appliances that are actively moving the teeth and can be the foundation for a more stable and ideal facial result prior to a full “(Phase 2)” orthodontic treatment. The benefits a patient may receive from “Phase 1” treatment may include but are not limited to: 1. Taking advantage of growth. 2. Minimizing the need to extract permanent teeth. 3. Avoid or reduce the need for facial surgery. 4. Correct harmful habits. 5. Decrease the risk to tooth trauma. 6. Improve psychological factors. 7. Increase compliance. 8. Maximize the benefits of orthodontics. “Phase 2” treatment typically includes braces on all the teeth and/or appliances. This phase will insure that each tooth has a precise location in the mouth to provide the optimal oral health environment and esthetic result. Submitted by Dr. Jason Aleman with Springfield Moms sponsor Aleman, Sternstein & McDaniel: Orthodontics. For more information on their orthodontic practice and a coupon for a free consult, visit our Mom's Choice Directory. Wondering when the best age for a consult is? Article here.